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Max (Vincent Cassel) is due to leave on a business trip to Tokyo when he overhears a fraction of a telephone conversation. The voice seems oddly familiar, and he's sure it's his former girlfriend Lisa (Monica Bellucci) making the call, but when he looks for her, she's already gone. Lisa, an actress, disappeared without explanation two years previously, and since then, Max has patched up his life, has a new job and is engaged to Muriel (Sandrine Kiberlain). But Max is ready to toss everything aside--his work responsibilities and his fiancee, in order to discover why Lisa disappeared two years previously. "L'Appartement" ("The Apartment") is an intricate film, and it's not something you can watch half-heartedly. As the film cleverly jumps back and forth in time, full attention is required to catch every subtle clue in this intriguing plot. I tend to get annoyed with gimmicky films that use complicated plot devices as a substitute for good cinema, but "L'Appartement" pays off. Stylistically, the film is a homage to Hitchcock, and the film also achieves the quality of a Hitchcock mystery. The film's emphasis is on the tantalizing speculations of chance and fate, and seemingly small events are replayed later in the film to reveal their significance. "Wicker Park" is a remake of this film.

imdb user rating: 7.7
awards: Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations

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