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 the hotel's suites. The film crew is attempting to shoot a Dogma 95 -style adaptation of John Webster's +The Duchess of Malfi only to run into one problem after another. Magic is a professional assassin with a very odd kink -- he must have sex immediately after completing a job. Quintus, who abandoned his attempts to get fame and fortune as an actor, is a tour guide with an unusual secret. And then there is maid who not only has the skeleton key to the hotel, but also a habit of snooping. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
Drama , Horror
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Burt Reynolds
as The Flamenco Manager
Mia Maestro
as Cariola
Danny Huston
as Hotel Manager
Lucy Liu
as Kawika
David Schwimmer
as Jonathan Danderfine
John Malkovich
as Omar Johnson
Jason Isaacs
as Gavin McKay
Valeria Golino
as Italian Actress
Julian Sands
as Tour Guide
Rhys Ifans
as Trent Stoken
Salma Hayek
as Charlee Boux
Saffron Burrows
as Duchess of Malfi
Valentina Cervi
as Hotel Maid
Max Beesley
as Antonio
Ornella Muti
as Flamenco Spokesperson
Fabrizio Bentivoglio
as Very Important Doctor
Chiara Mastroianni
as Hotel Nurse
Christopher Fulford
as Steve Hawk
Brian Bovell
as Cardinal
Mark Strong (II)
as Ferdinand
Mark Long
as Hotel Kitchen Manager
Jeremy Hardy
as Flamenco Troupe Administrator
Elisabetta Cavallotti
as Abducted Hotel Guest
Nicola Farron
as Hotel Guest
Paco Jarana
as Flamenco Guitarist
Eva La Yerba Buena
as Flamenco Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Hotel

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

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.

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
Top Critic

It's a love-it-or- hate-it proposition.

July 31, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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.

July 28, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hotel

I should have stopped watching this film when Jason Isaacs left the picture. This is a film so bad that Satan has banned it from being watched in Hell because it's too awful that even he wouldn't inflict it on someone. The lovely Salma Hayek is in this, but it definitely wasn't worth my time except to read on the IMDB message boards that this film totally ruins what's apparently a good play, "The Duchess of Malfi."

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

I didn't know it was possible to film a movie without a script, lighting, sound, or photography. A seeing-eye dog would've been a better director.

Ronin Assassin
Ronin Assassin

The Brown Bunny is the dumbest thing i have ever seen it is supposed to be artistic and it is if you like people driving in a car for an hour, and then a little porn on the side Hotel is just a terrible movie, with a terrible idea, but I do suggest watching it for at least as long as you can stand it, cause there are some parts in there where you start to wonder what the hell the director is thinking. The Black Dahlia is definatly not De Palma's best work, but I am a fan, and despite the bad reviews I think that it was an entertaining movie, it starts out great, but the intersest slowly just fizzles away as the film rolls along. Sideways Is an awesome movie, and Paul Giamatti is the shit once again. T Tu Mama Tambien was excellent!!! An awesome story of two friends whose lives slowly drift apart.

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

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