The Tenant (1976)
Le locataire conocida en castellano como El inquilino (Hispanoamérica) o El quimérico inquilino (España) es una película francesa de 1976, del género thriller, dirigida por Roman Pola?ski. Protagonizada por Roman Pola?ski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Bernard Fresson, Lila Kedrova. Basada en la novela Le locataire chimérique (1964) de Roland Topor. La cinta estuvo en competición oficial en el Festival de Cannes de 1976.
Un hombre tranquilo y modesto llamado Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski) arrienda un departamento en París, donde el inquilino anterior, una mujer, se había suicidado.
Es el tercer film de la llamada «trilogía de apartamentos» y algunos lo consideran como una mezcla entre Repulsión y La semilla del diablo. Muy apreciado por sus fans, muchos lo consideran el mejor de su filmografía, aunque en su estreno supuso un sonado fracaso. En esta película, su dirtector Polanski interpreta el rol principal, el de Trelkovsky.
The Tenant (French: Le Locataire) is a 1976 psychological thriller/horror film directed by Roman Polanski based upon the 1964 novel Le locataire chimérique by Roland Topor. It is also known under the French title Le Locataire. It co-stars actress Isabelle Adjani. It is the last film in Polanski’s «Apartment Trilogy», following Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby. It was entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
Trelkowski (Polanski), a quiet and inconspicuous man, rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant, Simone Choule, attempted to commit suicide by throwing herself out of the window and through a pane of glass. He goes to visit her in the hospital, but finds her all bandaged up and unable to talk; she instead lets out a disturbing cry upon seeing him before she dies afterwards. Trelkowski meets Simone’s friend, Stella (Adjani), at the hospital. He tries to comfort her but dares not say that he never knew Simone, pretending instead to be another friend of hers. They leave together and go out for a drink and a Bruce Lee movie Enter The Dragon, where they fondle each other. However outside the theater they part ways.
As Trelkowski occupies the apartment he is soon unreasonably chastised by his neighbors and his landlord Monsieur Zy (Douglas) for hosting a party with his friends, making too much noise in general, not joining in on a petition against another neighbor, etc. Trelkowski attempts to adapt, but is himself disturbed by the frequent sight of his neighbors standing blankly in the toilet room (which he can see from his own window) and the discovery of a hole in his apartment with a human tooth stashed inside.
Roland Topor (January 7, 1938 – April 16, 1997), was a French illustrator, painter, writer and filmmaker, known for the surreal nature of his work. He was of Polish Jewish origin and spent the early years of his life in Savoy where his family hid him from the Nazi peril.