The plot of this apartment-house chiller is so brazenly illogical it's impossible to take seriously. Agoraphobic superintendent Leonard Gray (James Caan) feels a great sense of proprietary pride in the 34-unit building he services. But residents wonder whether the aging employee is up to his ongoing duties. When the landlord dies, his widow, Lily Melnick (Genevieve Bujold), badgers live-in Leonard about quitting. Unhappily married tenant Donna Cherry (Jennifer Tilly) and her young daughter, Holly (Victoria Jane Allen), are Leonard's closest friends. Donna, a professional masseuse, regularly looks the other way when her hubby, Bill (Peter Keleghan), indulges in adulterous liaisons with their neighbors. Then someone murders him as he leans into the garbage chute and Lily uses the opportunity to cast suspicion on Leonard; she also accuses him of pilfering her bric-a-brac. Afraid he's going to be evicted, Leonard has nightmares about himself as a young man, living with Lily and her late husband in a foreign country and is forced to admit to himself that he has been blacking out and stealing from Lily. The items Leonard has squirreled away items are remnants of his cloudy past and his hidden treasures contain clues explaining why Lily goes ballistic when her sister visits from Europe. Donna adds to Leonard's confusion when she admits that she's kept quiet about the fact that she witnessed the homicidal attack on her ne'er-do-well spouse and it was clear that the killer was actually after Leonard. Can Leonard decipher the meaning behind his fragmented memories and hallucinations before Lily "evicts" him permanently? Though it's a Grand Guignol free-for-all rather than a sober treatment of identity theft like Antonioni's THE PASSENGER, director/co-writer Alberto Sciamma's thrill ride uses makes skillful use of the decaying apartment building to symbolize the festering neuroses of its residents.
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- Released: 2004
- Rating: R
- Review: The plot of this apartment-house chiller is so brazenly illogical it's impossible to take seriously. Agoraphobic superintendent Leonard Gray (James Caan) feels a great sense of proprietary pride in the 34-unit building he services. But residents wonder whe… (more)