R | | Drama, Thriller
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.
Author Roland Topor later claimed the rarely used adjective "chimérique" ( meaning "fanciful") of the original title of his novel ("Le locataire chimérique") was dropped out because the producers feared the word wouldn't be understood by the public.
If you cut off my head, what would I say... Me and my head, or me and my body? What right has my head to call itself me?
When Trelkovsky is unpacking as he moves into the apartment, a crew member is reflected in the small mirror adjacent to the kitchen sink. Two crew members are then reflected in the armoire's mirror as Trelkovsky opens it.
The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo.
Although the UK cinema version was complete the 1986 CIC video was cut by 6 secs by the BBFC to remove a brief extract of the banned nunchaku scene from Enter the Dragon (1973) (seen by Trelkovsky and Stella during a cinema visit). The cuts were fully waived in the 2004 Paramount DVD.