in about 100 words or less
France 125m, Colour
Director: Roman Polanski; Cast: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Bernard Fresson, Lila Kedrova, Claude Dauphin, Shelley Winters, Josiane Balasko
A bizarre psychological thriller, The Tenant is the story of a mild mannered bachelor who takes the apartment of a recently deceased young woman who had mysteriously thrown herself from her apartment window. In an attempt to provide some context for her actions, we learn that she is an Egyptologist, which halfheartedly draws upon some popular notions and images of an ancient Egyptian curse. Building tension, but never delivering, The Tenant is the weakest of Polanski’s “apartment trilogy” of horror films that also includes Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Repulsion (1965) (Klaus Ming May 2015).