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Hotel America -- In Biarritz, Hélène meets Gilles after a minor accident; the man falls desperately in love with her. Hélène, combining dazzling beauty and embarrassed silences, tries to escape his growing passion. Prisoner of a lost love, she nevertheless reveals her secret in the end...


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2 December 1981 (France) See more »
Hélène, a distracted pill-popping anesthetist, almost runs down Gilles one evening on a Biarritz street... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Catherine Deneuve ... Hélène
Patrick Dewaere ... Gilles Tisserand
Etienne Chicot ... Bernard
Sabine Haudepin ... Elise Tisserand
Dominique Lavanant ... Jacqueline

Josiane Balasko ... Colette
François Perrot ... Rudel
Jean-Louis Vitrac ... Luc
Frédérique Ruchaud ... La mère
Michèle Ban de Loménie ... La mère de colette
Pascal Bernuchon
Catherine Carrée
Gérard Deleris
Jacques Dichamp ... Le client de l'hôtel
Rosemary Linousy ... La clientèle inconnue

Jacques Nolot
Francine Rabas ... La caissière
Catherine Rethi
Claude Saubot
Michel Sauvage ... L'employé SNCF

Directed by
André Téchiné 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gilles Taurand 
André Téchiné 

Produced by
Alain Sarde .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Bruno Nuytten 
Film Editing by
Claudine Merlin 
Production Design by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
Costume Design by
Christian Gasc 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... hair stylist
Jacky Reynal .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Christine Gozlan .... production manager
François Menny .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martine Alleton .... trainee assistant director
Alain Centonze .... assistant director
Michel d'Arcangues .... trainee assistant director
Bernard Debargue .... trainee assistant director
Bruno François-Boucher .... assistant director (as Bruno Boucher)
Maryse Morel .... trainee assistant director
Charlotte Trench .... assistant director
Art Department
Pierre Gompertz .... assistant set designer
Geoffroy Larcher .... set dresser
Jean-Marie Selle .... set design trainee
Sound Department
Jean Duguet .... foley artist
Paul Lainé .... sound
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronisation
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Mario Melchiorri .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... grip
Bernard Brégier .... key grip
Gerard Buffard .... grip
Franck Coquet .... chief electrician
Gilbert Duhalde .... assistant camera
Eugène Fabcic .... best boy
Alain Fillon .... gaffer
Idislawe Kielar .... camera operator
Pascal Marti .... camera operator
Christian Thurot .... best boy
Serge Valézy .... gaffer
Christian Weyers .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christiane Fageol .... wardrober
Claire Fraisse .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Jeanne Kef .... trainee
Sylvie Quester .... assistant editor
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music engineer (uncredited)
Peter Knight .... orchestrator (uncredited)
London Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra (uncredited)
Howard Shelley .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Raymond Borne .... production driver
Roland Godard .... production driver
Other crew
Michèle Andreucci .... script supervisor
Agnès Chaulier .... production administrator
Claude Davy .... press relations
Jacques Delor .... location manager
Louis Grau .... general administration
Nicole Souchal .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Hôtel des Amériques" - France (original title)
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95 min
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sleepwalking through their roles..., 8 July 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Wow, did I have a bad night. I usually love French films and was excited to watch a DVD with two of Catherine Deneuve's films ("Le Sauvage" and "Hôtel des Amériques"). Amazingly, both of the films were among the least interesting films I have seen in some time--mostly because of the terrible writing. This is sad because one of the big reasons I usually prefer French films to recent Hollywood films is the writing, but in these two films they simply created characters that were hard to care about or understand.

Deneuve plays Hélène, a lady who obviously is in mourning for a dead lover. She can't get on with her life. However, when she meets Gilles (Patrick Dewaere), they become lovers--even though there really is absolutely no chemistry between them...none!

As for Gilles, he seems very moody and is good friends with a guy who loves to steal and beat up gay people. Now this could have been interesting, as this gay protest could have been an indication that Gilles and his male friend were lovers or harbored sexual feelings for each other. This may have turned off some viewers, but it really would have seemed plausible and interesting. Instead, however, you just assume that since Gilles likes such an evil man that he, too, is a jerk. And, through the course of the film, he does nothing to change that opinion. In fact, as the film progresses he gets moodier and moodier--until you are ready to shout at the screen for him to get over it and stop sulking and be a man!

Deneuve's character is rather interesting at first. The idea of her having all this emotional baggage and being constricted when it came to love was interesting. However, she is so distant and so moody that you wonder why Gilles puts up with her. Sure, he's pretty but this is the only thing he could see in her. Heck, their sex lives weren't even why does he stay? And, why doesn't she either grow or simply reject him completely because she refuses to give in to love? Instead, she and the audience are stuck in limbo. While the movie is only 93 minutes long, it seems like a lifetime, as these two just exist and the relationship is stuck in neutral--and there is absolutely no coherent reason for them to be together in the first place or remain together.

Overall, impossible to believe and dull. I can think of many, many films Ms. Deneuve made that are better...and none, off the top of my head, that were worse.

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