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A Five Star Life (2013)

Viaggio sola (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 April 2013 (Italy)
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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
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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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Drama | Romance

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This is your journey, travel as you want
9 February 2018 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

This simple story explain very well that we have one life to live as we choose, although sometimes we might doubt about our decision and we should be ready to revise them, as age advances.

This is our journey and we should not be influenced by conventions to choose a "normal" life. Besides, as shown in the film, there is nothing great in living the "normal" life, especially if you feel you are not cut out for it.

Irene chose to inspect luxury hotels for a living and travels most of the time. She could have a stable relationship, proved by the fact that she is very friendly with her ex and meets him regularly, but for the sake of the narrative, we must assume she cannot have it.

Her sister Silvia leads the "normal" life, married with a couple of kids. However, she does not seem ecstatically happy. In fact, she has all the "normal" problems of middle aged people: a boring marriage; growing kids; loosing her attractiveness, etc...

Irene suffers a panic attack following a fleeting connection with another guest at a luxury hotel. The false sense of security a luxury hotel may give is briefly debated, but my personal opinion is that it is still better to sleep in a 5 star hotel than under a bridge - so I am not a fan of the social commentary, but it is a sideline.

This is for me a simple tale about the meaning of life. One should understand that your life has the meaning you give to it and that there is no right or wrong. Good movie, anyway...


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24 April 2013 (Italy) See more »

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Viajo sola See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,996, 20 July 2014

Gross USA:

$306,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,039,022
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2.35 : 1
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