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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.

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Jessica Hausner

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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 ... 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
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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.

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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

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Written and Performed by Roland Kugler and Andreas Till
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How can anyone say nothing happens?
5 February 2005 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

I usually don't comment what fellow critics on IMDb write, but giving this little masterpiece only an average of 4,2 is bad taste indeed. In short; it's been a while since one saw a movie there so much happens, even if you don't see all of it on the screen. Franziska Weiss is really great, with a face which tells you a lot, with just a small correction of the glimpse in her eyes.

This is creepy, but in a way you might be rather familiar with from your own life. That life is here, by very small means, a nightmare. Maybe the end doesn't really fulfill what is promised, not really. Maybe the camera spotlights in the forest surrounding the hotel are too sharp.

But still this is supposed to give you much worse dreams than for example "The Grudge", which is made by amateurs.


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Language:

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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (Austria) See more »

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