One of the most beautiful films this year: for those of you who know Wes Anderson’s films, in particular The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, you will know that he is developing a unique visual style, with lots of red and fixed wide shots, with characters running across screen or into the distance away from the camera. His films are his own creation, in that he also writes the screenplays and they demonstrate a highly quirky imagination. This film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.
Anderson creates a wonderful mechanical cake of a hotel full of nested stories. Ralph Fiennes, who we last saw playing Charles Dickens, is surprisingly delightful and dryly comic as M.Gustave, the Maitre d’Hotel in the fictitious mittel-European republic of Zubrowka, during the troubled ‘Thirties, and Tony Revolori is a revelation of deadpan timing as the young bellboy Zero. These two join some of Anderson’s regular company, such as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton, who plays a very ancient lover of M. Gustave. Art thefts, bedroom intrigues, prison escapes and exotic patisserie are just a few ingredients… a film you could watch again as soon as it finishes. Completely not to be missed!
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Venue: William Loveless Hall