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


Jessica Hausner


Jessica Hausner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franziska Weisz ... Irene
Birgit Minichmayr ... Petra
Marlene Streeruwitz Marlene Streeruwitz ... Frau Maschek
Peter Strauß Peter Strauß ... Herr Kos
Regina Fritsch ... Frau Karin
Rosa Waissnix Rosa Waissnix ... Frau Liebig
Alfred Worel Alfred Worel ... Herr Liebig
Christopher Schärf Christopher Schärf ... Erik
Alexander Lugonja Alexander Lugonja ... Koch
Tommi Saric Tommi Saric ... Kellner
Marita Ringhofer Marita Ringhofer ... Steffi
Wolfgang Kostal Wolfgang Kostal ... Inspektor 1
Andreas Reischl Andreas Reischl ... Inspektor 2
Hakon Hirzenberger Hakon Hirzenberger ... Herr Popp
Michael Miksits Michael Miksits ... Bauer 1


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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Drama | Horror | Mystery


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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 »

Alternate Versions

The film was re-cut after it was shown at the festival in Cannes, the director decided she wanted to leave some scenes out that explain about the secret menace. She did not want these things to be explained to the audience. See more »


Referenced in Mysterious Scenes from Swamps (2015) See more »


Der Mond ist aufgegangen
Text written by Matthias Claudius
Music written by Johann Abraham Peter Schulz
Performed by Die Sängerknaben vom Wienerwald
Choirmaster: Christian Fraberger
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Psychodrama without the psychology ... or drama.
17 September 2004 | by JohnnyLarocqueSee all my reviews

HOTEL is about a young girl who is hired as a receptionist in an isolated, apparently inaccessible hotel in the Austrian Alps. Her co- workers are not responsive to her arrival, and to make matters worse, the girl she replaced was said to have disappeared. This description reminded me of the only film to truly scared me, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Second time director Jessica Hausner however, is no Kubrick.

The characters in this film are very one dimensional. Even the main character Irene, who finds herself in some situations that might scare a normal person, does not react at all. As a direct result, neither does the audience. The environment was also very bland. You would think the director would scout a location with some atmosphere for a psychodrama, but instead we're shown a very boring well kept hotel. This film is shot without any style whatsoever. The director must have thought a few of the scenes were terrifying (walking down a hallway, or looking into the woods), as she showed them over and over again. The conclusion was uninspired and predictable.

Note to amateur filmmakers everywhere ... If I can't put myself in the place of one of the films characters, and the situation isn't unusual or intense, and the environment does not seem unwelcoming, THERE IS NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF. Your psychodrama will not work. Geez, I thought that would be obvious. (3/10)

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1 April 2005 (Austria) See more »

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