Forty-something Irene had a dream job that made her life easy: she was indeed a luxury hotel inspector and her work got carried out in a wonderful ever-renewed setting, from Paris to Gstaad... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margherita Buy ... Irene Lorenzi
Stefano Accorsi ... Andrea
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Silvia Guerrieri
Gianmarco Tognazzi Gianmarco Tognazzi ... Tommaso
Alessia Barela ... Fabiana Cantoni
Lesley Manville ... Kate Sherman
Diletta Gradia Diletta Gradia ... Claudia
Carola Signore Carola Signore ... Eleonora
Gianluca Merolli Gianluca Merolli ... Ragazzo Zolle
Naike Anna Silipo Naike Anna Silipo ... Clara
Sara Tosti Sara Tosti ... Segretaria Zolle
Aaron Hitz Aaron Hitz ... Cameriere Gstaad
Monica Cervini Monica Cervini ... Hostess Auditorium
Jacopo Maria Bicocchi Jacopo Maria Bicocchi ... Giovane Marito Fonteverde
Gisella Szaniszlò Gisella Szaniszlò ... Giovane Moglie Fonteverde


Forty-something Irene had a dream job that made her life easy: she was indeed a luxury hotel inspector and her work got carried out in a wonderful ever-renewed setting, from Paris to Gstaad to Berlin to Morocco to China... But does a dream job necessarily mean a dream life? Irene tried not to ask herself the question too openly. Yes she was single but she had manged to remain on good terms with Andrea, her former life companion. For sure she was childless but she occasionally took care of her two little nieces. And it was such fun to play the mystery guest in those magnificent hotels... Things could have gone on that way hadn't one day Irene met Kate Sherman... Written by Guy Bellinger

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This is your journey. The path is up to you.


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Jacopo Maria Bicocchi and Gisela Szaniszlo who play a young couple staying at the Gstaad Palace are in fact members of the Public Relations and Food Beverage Team of the hotel. See more »

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Loneliness vs Freedom
15 September 2014 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Italian movie star Margherita Buy plays Irene, a luxury hotel inspector who travels the world testing picture frames for dust, bed covers for wrinkles, and hotel staff for smiles. Directed and co-written by Maria Sole Tognazzi, the film left me baffled as to why such a talented filmmaker presented such a dead-end trip for the viewer.

Within the first five minutes, we fully "get" Irene and we understand exactly where the movie is headed, provided it follows all overused story clichés (it does). See, Irene has things backwards. She lives in 5 star hotels and takes her brief respites with her nieces, her ex, and her sister. Most of us live with our families and vacation at resorts.

The luxury hotels are breathtaking to see, but mostly the movie drags while we wait for Irene's comeuppance. One segment of the story provides a spark of hope. Lesley Manville (recognizable from numerous Mike Leigh films) appears as a feminist author who lives life to the fullest and tosses out realities that strike a chord with Irene. Unfortunately, this plot line is short-lived and the most interesting character disappears as quickly as she arrived.

Irene is single, but maintains a very close relationship with her ex (a very good Stefano Accorsi). Irene has no kids, but periodically spends time with her young nieces. Irene has no close friends, but spends time with her family-centric sister (a very interesting Fabrizia Sacchi). She does all of this without actually committing to living a real life, as she quickly escapes on her next mystery guest mission.

The film begs for comparison to the superior Up in the Air, which allowed for secondary character development ... an element only teased in this film. Ms. Buy is very talented, but the script just makes this seem like a Luke warm room service meal. We already know that there is no comparison in a dream job versus a dream life.

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24 April 2013 (Italy) See more »

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