Hotell

(Sweden, 2013, 100 mins, DCP)
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Cast Alicia Vikander, David Dencik, Simon J. Berger, Henrik Norlén, Mira Eklund
EXEC PROD Fredrik Heinig
PRODS Patrik Andersson, Frida Jonason
SCR Lisa Langseth
CAM Simon Pramsten
ED Elin Pröjts
PROD DES Catharina Nyqvist Ehrnrooth
PROD CO B-Reel Feature Films
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In a crisis, should you look back at the past or forward to a better future? Lisa Langseth’s (Pure) haunting drama poses this question in its story of a young woman in mental disarray (Alicia Vikander, A Royal Affair) who turns her back on therapy and moves from hotel to hotel with a group of like-minded sufferers, searching for peace of mind. The trip starts as escapism and ends in self-discovery: these people have to flee the world in order to find themselves.

This is psychodrama at its most pungent. Vikander does an amazing job: there’s intensity in her calmest expressions and a superb control even at the extremes of her performance. She engages the camera with wide, imposing eyes that compel you to stare back. Star, director and ensemble cast create a drama that’s as physical as it is psychological, with touch often more important than speech. Langseth is working in a rich Scandinavian vein: the raging emotions and rich psychology join her to a tradition that stretches from Strindberg to Bergman to present-day masters like Lars von Trier and Susanne Bier. A film like this can only be made with the utmost respect: for its cast, for the issues it broaches, and for its audience.

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