L’Appartement 1996 ***

Remade with Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger as Wicker Park, this Gallic thriller is an ingenious slice of voyeurism from writer/director Gilles Mimouni, with Max (Vincent Cassell) as the soon-to-be-married businessman who spies his old-flame Lisa (Monica Belluci) in a busy café. He sneaks into her apartment, only to become involved with Alice (Romane Bohringer). All is not what it seems, and Mimoui’s twisty-turny flashback structure keeps things on edge until the true nature of the deception is revealed. A top-notch cast of French stars and a Pulp Fiction-style time-switch make L’Appartement an engrossing study of romantic obsession as only the French could make.


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