Set in Europe during WWI, a doctor and lawyer have converted a musty old mansion into a ritzy hotel and health spa. The chateau is inhabited by an eccentric collection of characters from ...
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The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama.
Inês de Medeiros,
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Set in Europe during WWI, a doctor and lawyer have converted a musty old mansion into a ritzy hotel and health spa. The chateau is inhabited by an eccentric collection of characters from whom the proprietors go to great lengths to hide the endless parade of dying men coming back from battle. Despite the owner's efforts, people in the hotel begin to die mysteriously as events become a surreal meditation on death, disease, and hypocracy.Written by
At the formal dinner in the hotel dining room, a modern plastic bottled water has been put on each table. The blue commercial label is even clearly shown. This story takes place during World War I. See more »
Some Fellini touches, theatrical acting, intense irony.
Apparently, the film is loosely adapted from Hamsun's work. The result has some literary depth but done in a slow-paced drama.
The feeling of "huis clos" is somewhat balanced by the scenery.
Luchini's character, although almost typecast upon him from his prior work, works in the setting of the film. Dussolier's tone also worked well in such a context. Other characters were quite multi-dimensional, in a portrait manner.
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