In Paris, the shy bureaucrat Trelkovsky rents an old apartment without bathroom where the previous tenant, the Egyptologist Simone Choule, committed suicide. The unfriendly concierge (Shelley Winters) and the tough landlord Mr. Zy establish stringent rules of behavior and Trelkovsky feels ridden by his neighbors. Meanwhile he visits Simone in the hospital and befriends her girlfriend Stella. After the death of Simone, Trelkovsky feels obsessed for her and believes his landlord and neighbors are plotting a scheme to force him to also commit suicide. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
How could he escape from his nightmares?
See more »
Did You Know?
The picture featured four Academy Award winning actors when made and released which were Lila Kedrova
(Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Zorba the Greek
(1964)), Jo Van Fleet
(Best Actress in a Supporting Role for East of Eden
(1955)), Melvyn Douglas
(Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Hud
(1963)), and Shelley Winters
(Best Actress in a Supporting Role for both A Patch of Blue
(1965) and The Diary of Anne Frank
(1959)). Afterwards, Melvyn Douglas won another Oscar in the same category for Being There
(1979). All of the acting Oscar winning actors appearing in this film have won their Academy Awards in Best Supporting Acting categories. Later, Polanski would win a Best Director Oscar himself for The Pianist
(2002) but has not won an Oscar for acting. See more
When Trelkovsky is unpacking as he moves into the apartment, a crew member is reflected in the small mirror adjacent to the kitchen sink. Two crew members are then reflected in the armoire's mirror as Trelkovsky opens it. See more
These days, relationships with neighbors can be... quite complicated. You know, little things that get blown up out of all proportion? You know what I mean?
No, no I don't. I mind my own business.
The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde
Et Orchestre See more