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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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Country:

USA | France

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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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Natalie Portman went on record that she was upset about agreeing to do the nude scene and that she would never bare herself on-screen again. See more »

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Jack: How do you say 'grilled cheese'?
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Follows The Darjeeling Limited (2007) See more »

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Les Champs-Élysées
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a fantastic snapshot of a relationship
26 September 2007 | by stephenthehSee all my reviews

One of the things i've always liked about Wes Anderson is how well he can subtly imply certain characteristics or histories in a dry sort of humor. This film accomplishes that in a more pronounced scale than a longer film might have.

Jason Schwartzman is great, perhaps the stronger of the two performances, although Natalie Portman is not to be dismissed here.

Without giving anything away, the film accomplishes its goal of setting a mood and not forcing itself to tell the entire history - something too many other directors might have tried in a 13 minute time span and thus sacrificed most if not all of the actual feeling behind the couple's reunion.

I rate this a ten out of ten - a great short, and even though i'm a big fan of Wes Anderson's, i'm glad he didn't over-stylize it. It's simplistic, humorous, and yet bitter-sweet and thoroughly enjoyable.


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