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‘The Apartment’: A thriller and a comedy

'L'Appartement' (The Apartment), a 1996 French thriller and romantic comedy will be screened at 3 pm on Tuesday December 9 and 6.30 pm on Wednesday December 10 at the Alliance Francaise, Colombo-7.

Debut direction of Gilles Mimouni the film stars Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci and Romane Bohringer in the lead roles. Max (Vincent Cassel) is a former playboy who decides to settle down and get married to his boss' sister, Muriel. By chance, he catches a glimpse of his lost love, Lisa (Monica Bellucci) in a cafe but fails to make contact before she storms out. Determined to meet her, Max cancels his business trip abroad to pursue her, finds out where she lives, and then hides in her apartment.

When a different girl returns, however, she suspects Max of being a burglar and begins to attack him. Max calms her down and is shocked at her remarkable resemblance to Lisa. The girl's name is Alice (Romane Bohringer) who claims to be a nurse and does not know who Lisa is. Though the two become romantically linked, Max is still obsessed with Lisa.

Flashbacks are intertwined with the narrative to provide the background for Max, Lisa and Alice, shedding further light on the situation. Alice and Lisa are best friends, but Alice grows obsessed with Max from a distance, restyling herself to look like Lisa while secretly engineering a breakup between them.

Lisa is being pursued by a rich older man who might have murdered his wife to get closer to Lisa. For this reason, she avoids her flat and lets Alice use it. To complicate matters further, Alice is dating Max's best friend, Lucien, who acts as the confidant for Max.

Eventually, the truth begins to unravel in front of everyone's eyes leading to dramatic and life changing consequences for all involved.

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