Hotel Chevalier (2007)

R  |   |  Short, Drama, Romance  |  26 October 2007 (USA)
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A prologue of one heart-breaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in The Darjeeling Limited (2007).



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Grief? Depression? Ambiguity in a Paris hotel room. Jack Whitman lies on a bed, ordering a grilled cheese sandwich from room service. His phone rings; it's a woman on her way to see him, a surprise. He readies the room, moving without affect, drawing a bath, changing his clothes. She arrives, as does the food, and the complications of their relationship emerge in bits and pieces. He invites her out on the balcony to see his view. Will they make love? Is the relationship over? Written by <>

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Part 1 of 'The Darjeeling Limited'  »

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2.35 : 1
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Jack: [answers ringing phone] Hello?
Ex-girlfriend: Hi. I'm on my way from the airport, and the front desk won't give me your room number.
[long pause]
Ex-girlfriend: What's your room number?
Jack: 403.
Ex-girlfriend: See you in half an hour.
Jack: Wait a second.
Ex-girlfriend: What?
Jack: Where are you?
Ex-girlfriend: I'm here.
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Oddly beautiful slice of life
14 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a beautiful little film that that plays out like one Truffaut's Antoine Donielle films. Not only is it the perfect prequel to (the wonderful) "The Darjeeling Limited", but it is a self-contained simple and moving story.

This whole "New Wave" feeling is a departure from Wes Anderson's usually theatrical and highly-stylized film making. It suits him well. Don't get me wrong, Rushmore is one of my favorite films and the Royal Tannenbaums is fantastic, but I am really digging this new naturalistic style Anderson is applying to his new films and cannot wait to see what he does next.

Shwartzman is a wonderful actor who never ceases to entertain. and Natalie Portman gives honest and touching performance.

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