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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).

Director:

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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Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

Short | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

It is not revealed why Jack broke up with Ex Girlfriend. See more »

Quotes

Ex-girlfriend: Are you running away from me?
Jack: I thought I already did.
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Connections

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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Memory
12 April 2011 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Modern filmmakers seem to scorn the smaller canvas of the short film, which is a shame because beautiful things can be drawn in small, vivid detail. Some films simply don't warrant a feature, as The Darjeeling Limited exemplifies.

Hotel Chevalier is a prelude to that film, and it largely works because Anderson lays bare feelings that remain inscrutable, allows to blossom a sense of history and time past between the two lovers. In their small, intimate moments in a hotel room, I get the sense of a time that extends back and forward, that these people loved, were hurt or excited, elsewhere, in some other time, and this snapshot is all that remains.

This is memory, a sense of place and time. The flow of life suspended for a brief moment, where lives entire can fit.

Watching this also reminds me how much Anderson's original style, a subject of much celebration among his fans, is in fact Aki Kaurismaki.


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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:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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