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bittersweet and sad, this film delivers on every level
Edith (Anna Massey) is a crime writer who lives alone, several years into an affair with married man David (Barry Foster). Seeking to escape her loneliness and a failed attempt to marry someone else, she goes to the Hotel du Lac, only to find everyone else is as lonely as she is, whatever appears to be the case on the surface.
Some beautifully understated acting from Patricia Hodge, Denholm Elliott, Irene Handl, and others helps this Anita Brooker adaptation to shine; while Googie Withers and Julia MacKenzie make a frightful mother and daughter combination, dreadful snobs both, pushy, irritating, and quite sad.
'Hotel du Lac' is bittersweet but quite involving and extremely tightly written and performed. Anna Massey is perfect as the mousy writer in a cardigan with hidden depths and passions she can't quite understand.
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