Hotel (2003)

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Following up on his innovative work Timecode, which featured four stories being told in real time simultaneously, Mike Figgis returns to a modified form of his technique in this film about the tourists, the prostitutes, the tour guides, a killer, and a film crew who frequent the Hungarian Palace Hotel in Venice, Italy. A corrupt Eastern European politician and his moll are visiting the city to complete a shady business deal while Sophie is a high-priced call girl who makes an office in one of … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Figgis, Heathcote Williams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 26, 2005
Runtime:
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Cast


as Trent Stoken

as Duchess of Malfi

as Antonio

as Cardinal

as Cariola

as Jonathan Danderfine

as Charlee Boux

as Tour Guide

as Omar Johnson

as The Flamenco Manager

as Hotel Maid

as Italian Actress

as Gavin McKay

as Hotel Nurse

as Kawika

as Hotel Manager

as Hotel Kitchen Manage...

as Abducted Hotel Guest

as Hotel Guest

as Very Important Docto...

as Flamenco Troupe Admi...

as Flamenco Spokesperso...

as Flamenco Guitarist

as Flamenco Dancer

as Ferdinand
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Critic Reviews for Hotel

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

Wears out its welcome pretty fast.

October 3, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Pretentious avant-garde comedy.

September 26, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A movie that works in no conventional sense, and succeeds in several unconventional ones.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Pretensions permeate Hotel, which, as a movie about movies, is the cinematic equivalent of a humor column in The Hollywood Reporter.

Full Review… | September 25, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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It's a love-it-or- hate-it proposition.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
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If you came across Hotel playing on monitors in a museum of contemporary art it would grab your attention for a while, but as a movie, it's too pretentious, too confusing and just too much.

Full Review… | July 28, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hotel

Odd film this. Odd and pretentious. I quite like odd films but not pretentious ones. It has an interesting cast and is an interesting experiment but Mike Figgis really needs to put his hands up and own up to this being a terrible mistake. He?s a great director though so I?ll forgive him but for anyone else, that would be it!

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]With "Hotel", director Mike Figgis cuts down on some of the same techniques he used in his previous experimental film, "Time Code", like multiple images and filming in real time(which works better in a thriller like "24", anyway). This time he comes up with something approaching a lucid narrative. The movie is about the production of a film version of "The Duchess of Malfi" in Venice under Dogme 95 rules(although technically you could not make a period piece under those rules...) by a maniacal director(Rhys Ifans) which is being recorded for posterity by a documentary filmmaker(Salma Hayek). [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Hotel" gets off to a good start but becomes incoherent about the time that Burt Reynolds shows up. There are several sex scenes which have no context and a mistaken identity subplot is never resolved. Michael Winterbottom did a much better job and had much more fun with with the similarly themed "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story".[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]It seems like the large and varied cast is improvising much of the dialogue, giving actors including Rhys Ifans, Salma Hayek and Julian Sands free rein to dominate over everybody else. Surprisingly, David Schwimmer is the calm in the middle of the storm.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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