Appartement (L'). Dir. Gilles Mimouni (1996)

Nathalie CROUAU

Reference (explicit), Allusion (implicit)

1. Film data

Appartement (L')


English Synopsis

Max (Vincent Cassel) and Lisa (Monica Bellucci) fell in love and had an affair a few years before the events of the film. However, one day Lisa left Max without a word of explanation. A few years later, he is engaged to Muriel (Sandrine Kiberlain), but drops everything when he believes he recognizes Lisa’s voice from behind a wall in a restaurant. For four days, he tries to track her down, but never manages to catch up with her. He falls prey to Lisa’s manipulative best friend, Alice (Romane Bohringer), who is herself in love with Max and was the cause of their estrangement, a few years ago, when she deliberately failed to give Max a note Lisa had written for him explaining everything. After temporarily falling for Alice’s tricks, Max discovers the truth and goes back to Muriel. Lisa comes back to her apartment where she is killed by her jealous lover, Daniel (Olivier Granier).

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