Hotel Chevalier: Wes Anderson

10Oct07

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1094249/

Whatever happens in the end, I don’t wanna lose you as my friend.
I promise, I will never be your friend. No matter what. Ever.

I’ve been a huge Wes Anderson fan ever since I saw Rushmore back in college. His visual style is unlike that of any other director what with the use of a thousand props (most of which play no part in the story itself) and more notably, his fascination with blue hues. There are instances where his characters blend in with the environment and there are times when they stand out very vividly. His protagonists always seem a bit quirky and do not think or act in the way normal people do. Bottomline, his films never reflect reality but offer a more colorful and exaggerated version of the real world.

Hotel Chevalier is a 13 minute short film that acts as a prelude to the upcoming The Darjeeling Limited. This film was shown at a few film festivals and is now available through iTunes. It takes place at the eponymous hotel in Paris where Jack (Jason Schwartzman) receives a call from an old flame (Natalie Portman), saying she’ll soon meet him in his room. What follows is their awkward interaction that slowly leads to a romantic rekindling of sorts.

The song “Where Do You Go To” by Peter Sarstedt plays in the background with typical Wes Anderson dialogs aplenty. The sets are reminiscent of Anderson’s earlier films and the slow camera pans across the rooms as Natalie Portman moves across the room fiddling with various objects are brilliant.

I for one, loved the film and can’t wait for The Darjeeling Limited. Reviews be damned.

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5 Responses to “Hotel Chevalier: Wes Anderson”

  1. 1 bApHoMEt

    Wes Anderson rocks!! if you were a girl Punnen…we’d make such a cute couple.

    hey, doesnt the Steve Vai: An Anthology cover look a lot like the poster for ‘In The Name Of The Father’ with Daniel Day-Lewis?

    Just saw ‘This Is Spinal Tap’. I was laughing my ass off.

    HEy, did you know that Ridley Scott is making another cut of Blade Runner with additional footage being shot for the DVD?

  2. Sigh I know what you mean. Show me a girl who’s a Wes Anderson fan and I’ll marry her right away. No questions asked.

    As for Steve Vai/ Daniel Day Lewis…I thought of exactly the same thing.

    Ridley Scott’s Final Cut. Apparently the Director’s Cut was rushed. The new cut has been released but reviews have been less than positive. Wait and see I guess.

    This weekend…I’ll be on a Wong Kar Wai marathon. Yay.

  3. 3 bApHoMEt

    Wong Kar Wai marathon? Man, Show me a girl who’s a Wong Kar Wai fan and I’ll marry her right away. No questions asked. hehehe

    you got yourself a load of DVDs I presume. care to list them?

  4. 2046
    Chunking Express
    Happy Together
    In the Mood for Love

    Also, ‘The Lives of Others’ that German flick everyone kept raving about.

    PS: Check out the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows. It’s a free download on their site.

  5. 5 bApHoMEt

    those are my favourite 4 WKW films.

    I saw Lives Of Others just before i left India. Loved it. and i am sure you’ll love it too.

    i read about In Rainbows. still on dial-up though. tell me what you think of it when you get it.


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