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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.
Simple, yet delicious and endearing. Wes can masterfully incorporate these adjectives in that short.
Acting as a prequel to The Darjeeling Limited, this short movie focuses on one of the three brothers (played by Jason Schwartzman) and his relationship with his on-and-off girlfriend (played by Natalie Portman).
The acting is great and on par with the tone of the feature film, the song used is beautiful, and the cinematography and set are gorgeous. Plus, you see Portman's bum and side boob. That alone would deserve 5 stars.
Visual Effects: 9
Violence & Gore: 0
Sex & Nudity: 7.5
Drugs & Profanity: 4
Intensity & Horror: 0
"If we fuck then I'll feel like shit tomorrow morning."
"That's ok with me."
Beautiful, funny, melancholy and sorrowful all in equal measure balanced wonderfully in the way wes does
Melodramatic love. Heartbreak. Loss. Unforgiving characters. Centered so beautifully.
Did I really need to see (and hear) Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman make out for two minutes? Not really.
Also, for some reason I don't remember anything that happened to Schwartzman's character in The Darjeeling Limited, so that's probably why their make out session didn't resonate with me.
But hey, at least the ~aesthetic~ was nice.
Who is He? Who is She? Why does He have the hotel room? What happened between Them? Why does She have bruises? Will I ever get answers to these questions? All of this I asked while watching this short film by director Wes Anderson. If this film's purpose was to get the viewer interesting in watching The Darjeeling Limited, it succeeded. In addition, this film had one of the greatest reveals, but I'll let you decide this when you see the view of Paris from His room.
Natalie Portman is a 5/5.
Was the film shown this way in theaters? Or just the dvd?
How strange. Welcome, but strange.
UPDATED: September 11, 2016
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