Hotel Monterey

Hotel Monterey ★★

In theory this could have worked for me. I like Michael Snow and James Benning’s uses of silence and duration, and the way that Akerman uses framing and lighting here to create abstract compositions out of everyday places reminds me of the photography of Saul Leiter, which I also like very much. But sitting at home in front of a tiny screen with outside noise all around me, I never got into it. I liked the scenes where the elevator doors were opening and closing as if they were autonomous beings, but even there this never had my full attention. If I were sitting in a theater, maybe I would have received this in rapturous silence, but I’m not eager for the chance to find that out.