"Hotel" by Mike FiggisWhile
"Hotel" is significantly different, it has similarities
to "Time Code." It has four little screens on one screen,
just like ?Time Code.? It makes good use of music: Skunk Annensie,
which is appropriate to the film?s subject. And it has Salma Hayek,
Burt Reynolds and David Schwimmer. Furthermore, there are Lucy Liu,
Rhys Ifans and Julian Sands, making you think the director is certainly
experimenting with casting.
Similar to filmmaker David Lynch?s ?Mulholland Drive,? "Hotel"
fetishisizes the female, with shots of women?s legs in high heel
shoes, presented as a secret answer to the mystery or as the film?s
final message. The film focuses on secrets and on an unsolved mystery,
still unclear at the end. It also features unreal, misty people.
At first, it is very difficult to follow the story, creating suspense
and anticipation. It is clear that Higgis wanted to experiment with
the usual aesthetic and with the narrative borders of film.
Everything takes place in a Venice hotel, filled with mysterious
and interesting characters. There are guests, an expensive prostitute
who lives in the hotel for the special services, and a film crew
team with a hard-headed British film director. He dies and re-appears
again with no explanation. Than we have a tour guide, an English
actor with a double life, a bellhop who has all the keys, a strange
hotel staff and a murderer with the bizarre hobby of having sex
before he kills.... All the time there is no apparent clue of what
exactly is going on.
Venice, in this film, is a dark and blurry place with loads of secrets.
Everything looks like one big messy theatre play from the 18th century
with too many actors, performing different Shakespeare plays at
the same time. No one knows what the hotel's tunnels hide, only
for most welcome guests!