The Tenant (1976) - Drama, Thriller

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A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani
Length: 126 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 24 out of 153 found boring (15.68%)

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The result is boredom instead of intrigue.

Muppets pop out of their compartments and do things that are banal or mysterious.

An introverted little man named Trelkovsky (played by Polanski) moves into a drab Paris apartment, whose former resident attempted suicide by jumping out the apartment's window.

A bizarre and boring misfire from Polanski .

The first half of the movie is too slow, and, from my point of view, boring.

But then begins a dull trek through many scenes that don't gel nor offer anything remotely interesting.

and dark empty circle.

Polanski is inspired here, brilliantly drawing the audience into strange situations, pulling you into a disturbing, engrossing drama.

It's a shitty movie that was way too long and hardly built any kind of atmosphere or suspense.

Examining the source material --- an excellent novella by underrated novelist Roland Topor --- uncovers more intriguing layers.

The characters are all very uninteresting.

There were large tracts within that were just plain boring, and though Polanski is definitely one of the greatest directors of all time - he can and has been guilty of downplaying scenes too much.

Slow, lacking of real plot.

As it stands, The Tenant does have an intriguing premise, the kind that one doesn't tire telling about to other people: Polanski is a Polish émigré to Paris who takes an apartment that was most recently acquired by Simone Choule, who jumped to her near death out of the window and died soon after.

As with the former two films, "The Tenant" is a slow and cerebral offering that ramps up the nightmarish qualities almost to the point that they border on surrealism, though it never quite reaches that extreme.

And yet there is pleasure for the film-buff and Polanski fan to see the supporting cast try and dig into the much more ambiguous characters (Winters and Douglas do this the best, even as they have to strain through limited characters), and the unexpected moments like Polanski and Adjani getting hot and heavy during a Bruce Lee movie, or when he gets really drunk, or in one almost random scene where he slaps a kid near a fountain, are rather brilliant in and of themselves.

Roman Palanski is at the top of his game, both as a director and actor, as the on the edge Trelkovsky.

As with any film, The Tenant can be enjoyed on a much more simplistic level, as a straight thriller or as an intense and somewhat darkly comedic, psycho-sexual character piece.

The ending was also a bit predictable and unfulfilling.

It's depressing, slow burning, and disturbing.

It is a slow, carefully crafted movie with a slight, yet compelling tale to tell.

Interesting, intriguing...

As such, it just becomes boring.

In a certain sense, the completely unexpected finale of the film presents a huge puzzle which is not really intended to be resolved.

As is, the plot is tedious and repetitive, and the pace is very, very slow.

A compelling if slowly built-up character study that's beautifully shot and with the Parisian settings being equally impressive.

It's pretty slow, nothing really develops or is explained hardly in the 1st hr apart from the death of Simone.

Indeed the ending is predictable with huge (HUGE!

Then in the ending we are left with a completely cliché "it was him all along" twist that by that point of time, makes you want to slap whoever gave this pretentious garbage a high rating.

"The film was predictable from the start.

Impressively, the way in which Trelkovsky's experiences are depicted on-screen enables the audience to feel the same level of injustice that he feels and to share in his confusion as he loses his sanity because it's not always clear what's real and what's imagined.

It's an intriguing concept.

Mysterious and unpredictable .

He's also been an expert in fascinating and hypnotizing his spectators.

Pointless film.

On an overall scale, The Tenant is competently crafted & masterly composed plus there is a lot to admire about Polanski's attention to details but it is also tedious & overdone, not to mention that its slow-burn narration, enigmatic arrangement & lethargic pace turns it into one of those movies that viewers either embrace tightly or reject outright.

Even more fascinating though, are some of the questions it raises about the nature of reality, the notion of what actually constitutes "the self" and some possible theories about the roots of insanity.

This is possibly the most boring movie in history.

The first hour I spent relatively bored, because nothing happens.

The main reason I love about Psychological themed movies is they are so realistic and compelling that they convince us we might face this situation in a walking life.

The ending, then, is at once predictable and unresolved: just what made the two occupants of this particular apartment jump out of the window?!

When the movie hit the halfway point it started getting exciting.

It's a boring utterly mediocre film.

The character of Trelkovsky is, in my opinion, one of the finest, most fascinating, and most unique creations in all of cinema.

"The Tenant," however, is more brooding and sinister, laced with unexpected comic relief, fine performances, and a truly haunting score.

I thought Polanski's performance saved it from being an utter failure, but the oppressive paranoia took until the second half to establish itself, making the first half a plodding mess.

Thrilling disappointment .

It's hard to criticise the pace of a film when virtually all the scenes feel dull and padded into its overlong 2-hour runtime.

It demands attention and may be boring for people who just want plain action or a quick succession of blood curdling horror scenes.

'The Tenant') is quite slow as the story builds up and in the second half, the story gradually unfolds and gets darker and darker (as Trelkovsky descends into darkness).

A nebbish clerk is anxious to rent an empty flat in Paris even though the previous occupant committed suicide by jumping from the window; he soon learns his neighbors have a strict 'no noise' policy, his creepy landlord doesn't want him to have any visitors, and that users of the communal washroom tend to stare at the hieroglyphics on the walls as if they are in a trance.

For much of the time, very little of interest happens, the film detailing the trivialities of Trelkovsky day-to-day life, all at a snail's pace.

The Tenant is more polished and less pretentious than Repulsion, but it lacks the suspense and the character that make Rosemary's Baby so engrossing and entertaining.

And I do have to point out that I am pretty damn open-minded and tolerant when it comes to "pointless scenes" in movies, but this one just drags it out way too long.

Actually this tale of a hapless tenant in the most grave-like version of Paris you've ever seen is even more hypnotizing and fascinating than his elder "Repulsion.

The steady progress of an inoffensive man's descent into madness provides this psychological thriller with its intriguing plot.

The movie does ramble around and it needs a more compelling lead to take charge.

Lame and predictable .

It's not the most believable story we may have seen or heard, but the strength of the film does not reside in the story but in the details of the psychology, in the slow degradation of the mental state of the hero, in the permanent balancing game between reality and delusion.

All in all, The Tenant is an enjoyable and intriguing experience, if a little too languorous for its own good.

Rest was predictable and was disappointing in fact.

The story and the process of madness and loss of identity of the lonely Trelkovsky are slowly developed in a nightmarish atmosphere in the gruesome location of his apartment, and what is happening indeed is totally unpredictable.

It's quite slow, though I have nothing against slow movies, as long as they achieve what they set out to achieve.

Everyone has been lauding the cinematography, and I don't know if the video was transferred from a particularly bad print, but the photography was dull and fairly lifeless from where I was sitting.

The visuals are exceedingly drab and dreary.

By this point, you are utterly bored of it and the movie failed to draw you in to begin with.

But it is sumptuous in its depiction of squalidity, expert in its depiction of a man losing his mind, so full of unexpected moments and so evocatively told, I cannot begrudge it a single moment.

The first half of the movie is very slow and somewhat boring, which would be worth it if the second half paid off.

I am at a loss to see why anyone would have enjoyed this movie, it is slow, dull and has no real plot.

It is slow - Boring - Uneventful.

Through the movie she will be his only voice of reason in his slow descent to madness and obsession with the girl who killed herself.

Polanski is memorable in the lead role, while Melvyn Douglas and Shelley Winters have unexpected turns as the disaffected owner/cold concierge of the apartment building.

It's a slow-burning suspense story all about the atmosphere and psychology of the situation, the kind of tale where you're never quite sure whether the protagonist is going mad or if there is indeed a conspiracy plot against him.

While horror movies allow for some kind of catharsis (be it cheap or more elaborate) Polanski sadistically tortures us and, if in his latter opus the dark humour is permanent, we are mostly on our nerves as opposed to on the edge of our seats.

It's just BORING.

Fascinating but overly drab.

And the intermittent background music is as drab as the visuals.

Bizarre, boring and devoid of horror, 'The Tenant' is a disappointing misfire from director Roman Polanski.

The Tenant is a riveting and ambitious example for film noir genre at its best.

1) It is a fascinating dive into paranoia and looming madness.

Polanski not at his best, yet gripping and interesting .

slow and strange film .

A sometimes fascinating but very drab and oh-so-slow psychological thriller from Roman Polanski.

It's this hesitation between what is real and imaginary, and which Polanski never resolves, that makes this such a fascinating movie.

Isabelle Adjani cast alongside him is as always stunning to watch.

And slow.