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Hotel Splendide [DVD] 
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Terence Gross bizarre and satiric dark comedy follows the peculiar travails of chef Kath (Toni Collette) and her former lover Ronald (Daniel Craig). He s been running decaying resort and spa, the Hotel Splendide, just the way his parents did years before. Bad food and regular enemas are included in the price. After five years away, Kath returns to work with Ronald, with unexpected results.
Strange, beguiling and scatological, Hotel Splendide is a singular journey into the gothic and eccentric. An exceptional international cast includes veteran actor Peter Vaughan, the late Katrin Cartlidge and Stephen Tompkinson.
Awards and Accreditations:
Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival (2000): Best Cinematography for Gyula Pados. Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation for Terence Gross
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the enjoyment of this film is the feeling or surrealism and being jarred from reality with a hint of discovery. almost voyeuristic in the fact that you watch it for the pleasure of watching it. If you understand what i just said you'll like the film if not don't even attempt to bother.
what the film isn't. comical light hearted, set in a time period, dramatics, romantic and there is no life lessons here. there is no action or adventure. this is purely a visual feast. its what i like to call art for arts sake
the films that it is like are Delicatessen and Brazil. both films very much in the same vain and all made around the same period.
It is hard to know quite how this film attracted such a quality cast, but none of them seem to be acting in the same film! Stephen Tompkinson hams it up like a cartoon Norman Bates in a bad sitcom, Toni Collette plays it straight as a romantic leading lady in an adventure of sorts, Katrin Cartlidge is driven to suicide as if she's in a psychological thriller, Daniel Craig flexes his muscles trying turn off a giant generator as if he's in an action blockbuster...and then we get a giant cake which seems straight out of Carry On Cruising. Oh, and there is some nudity too, just for good measure.
It's not funny, it's not scary, it's not exciting, it's certainly not erotic...Quite what it IS is anyone's guess. There are some striking visuals that might impress some viewers, but they in no way compensate for the lack of cohesion caused by the disparate performances and the lack of a worthwhile story.
I read somewhere that this film has 'cult classic' written all over it. Another 4-letter word beginning with C is the one that comes to my mind.
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