Synopsis: A mad but cunning old man imprisons a young man in his apartment to be his friend.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
94 min

Are you sure he's in?

- He normally is at this hour.

Mr Clment?

Mr Clment?

It's Mrs Dupr, the concierge.

Are you there?

Next time we take the lift.

With this on, the lift is hell!

Great place, right?

Don't break it!

- Hey, my fingers!

Don't worry, you've got ten.

- Who'd carry the boxes then?

High rent?

- No, it's my uncle's place.

Can I borrow it?

- Come on, you guys!

Where do we start?

- This box.

Hey, out of our way!

Where does this go?

- The end room.

And no arguments, please,

on this marvellous day.

On the right.

The right!


I'm your new neighbour.

I've just moved in.

Pleased to meet you. I'm Luc.

Am I disturbing you?

I'm having a house-warming party

on Saturday.

A lot of friends are coming.

It may be noisy.

I hope we won't keep you up.

- Do you like Fred Astaire?

Fred Astaire?

The tap-dancer, right?

Yes, I don't mind tap-dancing.

- I love Fred Astaire.

Yes, Fred Astaire's good.

Care to meet my wife?

- No. I mean, yes.

Of course, but not right now.

I'm really busy and...

What about Sunday, for lunch?

For dinner then, 8 p.m.

Well, see you Sunday.

For dinner.

- Yes, I'll see...

I'll see you on Sunday. All right.

Violette will be pleased.

Violette... is my wife's name.

No problem, no problem...

You made it!

- I had to see your place.

And kill your concierge.

I've already bought all the maps.

We sail from Brest, go down the coast

down to North Africa

then South America and Cape Horn.

Cape Horn?

All the best sailors go round Cape Horn.

- But there'll be storms.

A few gusts won't sink us.

I don't care

as long as we're together.

If I can sell my drawings

we'll have a boat.

Won't you get sick of me?

Don't be silly.

Just the two of us,

three months at sea...


Why not take the family?

The family? Are you crazy?

Why not the neighbours too?

Our family...

What are you saying?

Wait, are you telling me...?

It's 3 weeks now.

You're having a baby?

We're going to have a baby!

It's Sunday.

We had an appointment.


I completely forgot. I'm sorry.

We had such a big party last night.

And I'm going to have a baby.

That's why I forgot.

I've cooked a trout.

But since I forgot...

Maybe another day.

I'm free on Tuesday.

- My wife won't be here on Tuesday.

I've just taken my wife to the station.

She lives out of town

but she'll join me soon.

She's not actually my wife yet.

I'll introduce you.

- Violette's waiting.

I'll say hello but I can't stay.


Our new neighbour, Luc.

My wife, Violette.

That's very funny!

Violette knows lots of funny stories.

But they're a bit crude.

Don't you like naughty jokes?


Don't you like the trout?

Yes, it's very good.

We can make you something else.

Right, Violette?

No. This is just fine.

Look, I...

I've got a bad headache

and some friends are coming...

- I'll get you an aspirin.

No, don't bother.

Thanks for inviting me.

I'll get the aspirin.

What are you doing?

- Open this door.

You're not leaving?

- Open the door!

What will I tell Violette?

Nothing! Because

your wife's only cardboard!

Don't shout!

- Open it now!

Open the bloody door!

- I will.

Make it quick.

Yes, yes...

We're here, darling.

I hope they're not hurting you.

My wife thinks you're very nice.

She's sorry it was so brief

but you made quite an impression.

On me as well. You're very nice.

My wife is too, don't you think?

Don't you think she's nice?

No, I can't take the tape off.

I'd like to, believe me,

but Violette would never forgive me.

She's quite a character, you see.

Quite a character.

But, apart from that...

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Philippe Haïm

Philippe Haïm (born 2 September 1967, in Paris) is a French film director, writer and composer. He sometimes is also actor, as in Comme un poisson hors de l'eau (1999). more…

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