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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hôtel des Amériques" - France (original title)
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95 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Love delayed, 19 January 2003

Gilles is sponging off his mother, who runs a small hotel in a French coastal city. When he meets Helene, she takes over the job of mothering him, even treating his minor wounds at the hospital one night when he gets into a fight. Gilles's other passionate relationship is with Bernard, a self-absorbed, mediocre singer-guitarist who can't stay out of trouble with the law. Bernard's true passion is probably for Luc, the gay man he beats up in a washroom.

It's beautifully made; sometimes I thought I was watching a Carne film with Michele Morgan instead of Catherine Deneuve. Bruno Nuytten was the cinematographer; there's no one better for moody night scenes. Philippe Sarde's music is full-blown romantic, sometimes too much so. Techine doesn't bother with character development through plot, he just assumes that whatever passes in front of his camera is telling the story. Those casino scenes go nowhere, and the effort to bring Helene's dead lover's architectural plans to life is wasted, since it's just another occasion for Gilles to look hangdog and helpless.

All in all, it left me wondering about Techine's willingness to engage the viewer in the film's material. I walked out of Barocco many years ago, and Soeurs Bronte left me pretty much cold, although I admired the acting. Hotel des Ameriques doesn't seem to be about anything, and the characters are cardboard.

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