The Tenants

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  • TV-14
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 6.8  (1,551)

The Tenants is a psychological thriller movie released in 2009. The movie stars an ensemble cast including Vincent D'Onofrio, Kevin Corrigan, and Liane Balaban. The movie is based on a novel of the same name written by Bernard Malamud. The Tenants is set in the early 1970s in a run-down building in Brooklyn, New York. The building was once a thriving community, but now it's mostly abandoned, except for two tenants. The first tenant, Harry Lesser (D'Onofrio), is a struggling Jewish writer who has been living in the building for years. The second tenant, Willie Spearmint (Corrigan), is a young African-American writer who has just moved in. Harry is working on a new novel, while Willie is trying to find his voice as a writer.

Harry is unhappy with the arrival of Willie, mostly because he is afraid that the new tenant will steal his ideas. Harry keeps his distance but can't help observing Willie from his window. The two writers soon develop a complicated relationship. Harry becomes obsessed with Willie's writing, and the two start to share their work with each other. The relationship between the two writers becomes increasingly intense, and they begin to influence each other's writing.

As Harry and Willie's relationship deepens, the lines between reality and fiction become blurred. The two writers start to take on the personalities of their characters, and their lives start to mimic the storylines of their novels. The tension between the two writers starts to reach a boiling point when they find themselves at odds over the ownership of a particular idea.

The Tenants is a character-driven movie that explores themes of creativity, jealousy, and obsession. The dialogue is sharp and the performances by the cast are top-notch. Vincent D'Onofrio gives a standout performance as Harry Lesser, a writer whose ambitions are hindered by his own insecurities. Kevin Corrigan is equally compelling as the restless and ambitious Willie Spearmint. Liane Balaban also gives a strong performance as Willie's girlfriend, Irene Bell.

The Tenants is not an easy movie to watch. It's a slow-burn psychological thriller that requires patience and attention. The movie is shot in a minimalist style that adds to the atmosphere of the movie. The movie is not without its flaws, but it's a commendable effort by the director, Danny Green.

In conclusion, The Tenants is a must-watch for anyone interested in psychological thrillers. The movie is a complex exploration of the creative process and the dark side of human nature. The performances by the cast are superb and the movie is well-directed. The movie is not for everyone, but for those willing to invest the time and attention, it's a rewarding viewing experience.

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    6.8  (1,551)