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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?
That ass though!
Prequel to the brilliant The Darjeeling Unlimited, this short film captures Wes Anderson’s film style perfectly in only thirteen minutes. Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman are brilliant, and their dialogue and chemistry make an interesting bit of viewing.
And then you get to see Portman's bum, so what's not to like?
Review In A Nutshell:
Hotel Chevalier is an interesting companion piece to Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, fleshing out one of the three brothers and helps explains some of the ambigious details and drives behind Jack Whitman's character. It also introduces and shows us Jack's girlfriend, a character that was only spoken of and shown through a metaphorical train scene in Anderson's feature film; she comes into this scene with subtle but intimidating force, manipulating Jack in order to suit her own personal needs. It is from this relationship, that the audience is able to empathise with the emotions that Jack suffers from during his trip to India with his brothers, and it certainly gives more weight to the poems…
I hope i get reincarnated as Natalie Portmans toothpick in my next life.
Heart-felt as always, and for once it isnt all drowned in quirk. Its actually a serious Anderson flick, which was very refreshing to see. Its supposed to be a prologue to Darjeeling Ltd, which I have not seen, so i guess the story makes more sense if you are familiar with its companion piece, because nothing much happened but both Anderson and actors created a thick melancholic atmosphere that told a lot in itself. The straight lines, strict framing and stylization still very much present but for once Anderson has attempted a different mood which was nice to see. And Natalie Portman gets nude. so.
Makes me wish Wes Anderson made other short films about curious characters in his films. There are so many quirky moments spoken about in his films and many questions left unanswered.
Always beautifully shot and full of melancholy. Vintage Anderson.
Natalie Portman's ass though...Yes that's some good shit right there.
Me había olvidado de calificar esto.
I mean this isn't really necessary plot-wise but it's still quite a nice intro to the darjeeling limited
I think it's physically impossible for me to dislike anything Wes Anderson makes.
This is short and very sweet, I didn't expect it to be just 12 minutes more. My attention span was very happy. Now I'm eager to watch The Darjeeling Limited. (Although I've read that this doesn't really fit into the movie, so.)
Oddly, I wasn't left wanting a proper ending for this. A lot of what they did showed what their relationship was like, especially when she uses his toothbrush without asking. Amazing how much emotion Anderson can squeeze into just a few minutes. I especially loved this line:
Are you running away from me?
I thought I already did.
Intriguing. Looking forward to The Darjeeling Limited. That ass though!
I was so engrossed by Hotel Chevalier to the extent where I forgot that it was a short film and when the 12 minutes were over, I was disappointed. So I watched it again.
Wes Anderson manages to display so much raw emotion and poignancy using just the body language and the actions of the characters. Jack is hiding out in this hotel room, surrounded by luxury yet not being able to fit in - Jack seems out of place in the overly yellow room, connoting that he is surrounded by happiness yet he just feels out of place. The colour scheme within this short is phenomenal, as always. Gender roles are played with as Portman appears to have dominance…
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If there is one thing we can agree on it is that there is no real conceivable way to fit this into The Darjeeling Limited. We sense Jack's loss in the void of the feature length film because he is entranced by a pretty Indian waitress and tries to connect with her based on the initial physical attraction. This is of course nonsense in that particular situation; she has a boyfriend (or ex?), her own life worlds away from Jack, and he is simply trying to force the same relationship that he lost in this short film. Hotel Chevalier explores this sorrow in more detail but including it would take away from the two other brothers' stories, which together make…
UPDATED: June 23, 2016
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