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Hotel Chevalier (2007)

A prologue of one heart-breaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in The Darjeeling Limited (2007).

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Wes Anderson

Writer:

Wes Anderson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jason Schwartzman ... Jack Whitman
Natalie Portman ... Jack's Girlfriend
Waris Ahluwalia ... Security
Michel Castejon Michel Castejon ... Waiter
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Storyline

Grief? Depression? Ambiguity in a Paris hotel room. Jack Whitman lies on a bed, ordering a grilled cheese sandwich from room service. His phone rings; it's a woman on her way to see him, a surprise. He readies the room, moving without affect, drawing a bath, changing his clothes. She arrives, as does the food, and the complications of their relationship emerge in bits and pieces. He invites her out on the balcony to see his view. Will they make love? Is the relationship over? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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room service | bed | bath | balcony | hotel | See All (28) »

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Part 1 of 'The Darjeeling Limited' See more »

Filming Locations:

Hotel Raphaël, Paris, France

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A body double was not used for Natalie Portman. Natalie Portman did the nude scene herself. See more »

Quotes

Ex-girlfriend: I love you. I never hurt you on purpose.
Jack: I don't care.
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Features Stalag 17 (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Pavane pour une infante défunte - for Piano
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Pascal Rogé
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Oddly beautiful slice of life
14 October 2007 | by whatwhere78See all my reviews

This was a beautiful little film that that plays out like one Truffaut's Antoine Donielle films. Not only is it the perfect prequel to (the wonderful) "The Darjeeling Limited", but it is a self-contained simple and moving story.

This whole "New Wave" feeling is a departure from Wes Anderson's usually theatrical and highly-stylized film making. It suits him well. Don't get me wrong, Rushmore is one of my favorite films and the Royal Tannenbaums is fantastic, but I am really digging this new naturalistic style Anderson is applying to his new films and cannot wait to see what he does next.

Shwartzman is a wonderful actor who never ceases to entertain. and Natalie Portman gives honest and touching performance.


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