When Irene gets a job as a hotel maid she soon finds out that the previous girl disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

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Irene
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Petra
Marlene Streeruwitz ...
Mrs. Maschek
Rosa Waissnix ...
Mrs. Liebig
Christopher Schärf ...
Erik
Peter Strauß ...
Mr. Kross
Regina Fritsch ...
Mrs. Karin
Alfred Worel ...
Mr. Liebig
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Birkner ...
Travel Guide
Thomas Frank ...
Landlord #2
Hakon Hirzenberger ...
Mr. Popp
Wolfgang Kostal ...
Inspector #1
Alexander Lugonja ...
Koch
Antonia Mayer ...
Daughter Ehrgartner
Michael Miksits ...
Landlord #1
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Rosa Waissnix is not a professional actress, she actually runs the hotel where the film was shot. Director Jessica Hausner convinced her to take over a part in her film. See more »

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"Dark, nuanced and poignantly atmospheric..."
10 February 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Austrian screenwriter and director Jessica Hausner's second feature film which she wrote, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 57th Cannes International Film Festival in 2004, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 29th Toronto International Film Festival in 2004 and is an Austrian-German co-production which was produced by Austrian director and producer Antonin Svoboda, producer Suzanne Marian, producer Philippe Bober and Austrian cinematographer and producer Martin Gschlacht. It tells the story about Irene, a young woman who arrives at a grand hotel in the Austrian Alps where she has been hired to work as a receptionist. Irene looks forward to getting started with her new job, but her perception of her position changes when she learns about the woman she has replaced who strangely disappeared. Irene tries to find out more about the woman by asking the other employees, but they ignore her and as time goes by she begins to wonder whether or not her life is in danger.

Precisely and acutely directed by Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner, this brilliantly paced fictional tale which is narrated from the protagonist's point of view, draws a dense portrayal of a dutiful and sociable woman who begins to reconsider her line of work at a less crowded countryside hotel when she becomes aware of the enigmatic story about her predecessor. While notable for it's Gothic milieu depictions, sterling production design by production designer Katharina Wöpperman, cinematography by the director's frequent collaborator Martin Gschlacht, editing by Austrian film editor Karina Ressler and significant use of sound, this subtle and modestly romanticizing psychological thriller contains some fine use of music.

This cryptic, profoundly mysterious and character-driven horror story where a remote hotel functions a one of the central characters, is impelled and reinforced by it's minimalistic and rigorously structured style of filmmaking, lurking tension, cogent narrative structure, esoteric characters, the efficiently understated acting performance by Austrian actress Franziska Weisz as the female protagonist and a good supporting acting performances by Austrian actress Birgit Minichmayr. A dark, nuanced and poignantly atmospheric mystery.


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