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Century Hotel (2001)

An omnibus of seven stories, all set in the room 720 of Century Hotel, that illustrate the tense and changing nature of relationships between men and women during each of the seven decades between the 1920s and the 1990s.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny
... Supergirl / Sylvia
... Cheung
... Sebastian
... Michael
... Jin
... Young Salvatore
... Hotel Manager
... Beth
... Dominique
... Mary
... George
Raine Maida ... Damon Riley
Jef Mallory ... Police Officer
Tom McCamus ... Nicholas
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A young woman lodges in the room 720 of the Century Hotel and the old bellboy tells that that room has several stories. Along the years, an old man marries a young virgin; a whore and her client fall in love with each other; a man is left by his wife and seeks her out in the hotel; a musician and the chambermaid has a weird relationship; two friends from navy have a gay relationship; a Chinese woman comes to America to get married with a powerful Chinese. Some of the relationships have good ending, others have tragic conclusion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language, some drug use and violent images | See all certifications »

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CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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Michael: You know how tongues can wag in a small town.
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Visually and Emotionally Fascinating Movie
7 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this film last night at the Victoria Independent Film Festival and was very impressed. The intertwining stories of eroticism, death, betrayal, love and understanding were a feast for the eyes and the heart. David Weaver and Co. give a lesson in how to construct a beautiful movie on a limited budget with a minimum of location.

The set design was impeccable. From the opulence of the turn of the century to the stark functionality of the recession era 80's the designers managed to capture the essence of each era in the furnishings and decorative aspects of the room.

Less than convincing was Raine Maida's effort at the cliched emotionally unstable rock star recluse. I suppose my judgment is clouded by seeing the excellent portrayal of said cliche by Maury Chaykin in Whale Music. Also, the dialogue between Raine and Chantal was strained and really didn't fit into the stream of the rest of the movie.

Of particular enjoyment were the scenes between the Hotel Detective and the Nerdy Book Lover. Their chemistry together was unmistakable. The simplistic dissection of the nature of love between a man and a woman gave me many a laugh.

All in all, a highly recommended Canadian flick.

9/10


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