Ever since his brother was taken in in a mental hospital, Franklin Franklin has secluded himself to a small apartment where he dreams of Switzeland and each day waits for a new letter of his brother that gives him more insight in life. When the letter one day isn’t delivered, Franklins world starts to fall apart. He needs to leave the apartment to find out what happened with his brother, decide what to do with the dead body of his landlord that’s laying in the kitchen, and deal with a drunk investigator who’s looking for the missing landlord.
Small Apartments is a small and almost even artistic movie. Don’t expect to fall on the floor laughing as this is a black comedy that most of all shows the tragedy in the life of the people surrounding Franklin Franklin and puts this into perspective towards the excentric Franklin himself. Is this a bad movie? Certainly not! The absurdities are shown in a very humane way and that a variety of well-known actors worked on the production only helps getting it to the next level of quality. James Caan, Juno Temple, Dolph Lundgren, Billy Crystal, Saffron Burrows, Johnny Knoxville, James Marsden, Peter Stormare all do their thing perfectly, and then we haven’t even talked about the work of Matt Lucas as the completely weird but somehow still sympathetic Franklin Franklin.
The story is wacko, and the characters even worse, but it does work. From the first second on you’re wondering what this is about and where it’s going, but you keep watching. Beware: Small Apartments isn’t for everyone. It’s not a simple movie and you need to have an open mind for the genre, but if that’s the case then you certainly won’t be bored with this one.
Qua image and sound we can say that the DVD has a decent transfer without anything special. There’s little to no action and it’s all about dialogues. These are very clear and also the quality of the image is good. Qua extras there’s a short behind the scenes and a feature with Knoxville on how to create the perfect blowing pipe.