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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

Credited cast:
Franziska Weisz ... Irene
Birgit Minichmayr ... Petra
Marlene Streeruwitz Marlene Streeruwitz ... Mrs. Maschek
Rosa Waissnix Rosa Waissnix ... Mrs. Liebig
Christopher Schärf ... Erik
Peter Strauß Peter Strauß ... Mr. Kross
Regina Fritsch ... Mrs. Karin
Alfred Worel Alfred Worel ... Mr. Liebig
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Birkner Robert Birkner ... Travel Guide
Thomas Frank Thomas Frank ... Landlord #2
Hakon Hirzenberger Hakon Hirzenberger ... Mr. Popp
Wolfgang Kostal Wolfgang Kostal ... Inspector #1
Alexander Lugonja Alexander Lugonja ... Koch
Antonia Mayer Antonia Mayer ... Daughter Ehrgartner
Michael Miksits Michael Miksits ... Landlord #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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Country:

Austria | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 April 2005 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Hôtel See more »

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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The woods are dark and deep, but not so lovely
4 February 2008 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

The stuffy provincial atmosphere reminds me of "Requiem" or "Dogville", but the lighting is more like "2046" or "The Matrix". Irene (Franziska Weisz) is the new girl at the movie's eponymous hotel. She isn't the paranoid type, but soon feels slightly claustrophobic nevertheless. In fact, neither Irene nor the camera get to leave the hotel until 20 minutes into the movie. Although her colleagues' disposition ranges from grumpy to openly hostile, she can't be sure she'd be better off outside. We are led to believe the girl Irene is replacing went out and never came back. For there's a witch lurking in the forest. Or something. No matter where Irene goes, there are curtains everywhere to conceal the truth. The fact that there is no music other than from the creaky speaker in the elevator (and Irene's noisy next-door neighbors) adds to the eerie mood. There are obvious overtones of "Lost Highway", especially when Irene discovers she looks almost exactly like the missing girl. Of course, there is no living up to this promise. "Hotel" is probably a little too stylish for its own good, but it's a real pleasure to look at and leaves you feeling agreeably spooked.


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