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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

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

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USA | France

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Portman's first nude scene. See more »

Quotes

Jack: How do you say 'grilled cheese'?
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Follows The Darjeeling Limited (2007) 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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He would not be going to Italy
6 January 2008 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

Designed as a semi-independent prelude to "The Darjeeling Limited", "Hotel Chevalier" proves that ten minutes of Wes Anderson's wizardry are worth more than many another big-budget director's feature-length film. It's a study in the pain and the lust only love can bring, as well as a variation of Anderson's trademark motif, control. Where "The Darjeeling Limited" bubbles over with substance abuse, poisonous snakes, restroom romps, brotherly affection and fatal accidents, "Hotel Chevalier" is a quiet and slightly eerie two-character mini drama set in a lavish Merchant-Ivory style suite. The suite's sole resident is a reclusive control-freak writer in a long-distance relationship (Jason Schwartzman). We watch as he half enjoys, half endures a surprise visit by his control-freak girlfriend (Natalie Portman). Is she a woman of flesh and blood, or is she just an imaginary incarnation of the jet-setting girl from "Where do you go to my lovely", the song Peter keeps playing on his portable stereo? There's no knowing what's real and what isn't in Anderson's paper moon world. But the importance of fact and fiction fades as she reclines on the bed and has Peter take off her spike-heeled boots. It's the most emotionally and sexually loaded scene I have seen in a long time, like a 20-second tango. It seems some of Natalie Portman's best work is done in shorts set in Paris. Remember Tom Tykwer's "True"?


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