Hotel des Ameriques

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  • NR
  • 1981
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 6.4  (1,091)

Set in the coastal town of Biarritz, France, Hotel des Ameriques is a captivating drama film that explores themes of love, loss, and tragedy. The movie follows Hélène, a beautiful and enigmatic woman played by Catherine Deneuve, who runs a hotel in Biarritz with her brother. The hotel has been in their family for generations and is a popular spot for tourists visiting the scenic seaside town. Hélène is content with her life, but her quiet routine is disrupted when she meets a young man named Jean (Patrick Dewaere) who is staying at the hotel.

Jean is a troubled young man who has recently lost his girlfriend and is trying to escape his grief. He is immediately drawn to Hélène and begins to pursue her, even though she is significantly older than him. Despite her reservations, Hélène finds herself drawn to Jean's youthful energy and each begins to form a deep connection with each other. However, their relationship is complicated, and their age difference becomes a source of tension between them.

As the summer progresses, Hélène and Jean grow closer, and their feelings for each other become stronger. However, their romance is plagued by memories of the past, and both find themselves reliving their past traumas through their relationship. Hélène is haunted by the death of her former lover, while Jean is struggling with the grief of losing his girlfriend. As their relationship becomes more complicated, both Hélène and Jean must learn to come to terms with their pasts and find a way to move forward.

The cinematography of the movie is stunning, capturing the beauty of Biarritz, with its dramatic coastline and picturesque architecture. This is complemented by an atmospheric soundtrack that creates a sense of melancholy that pervades the entire movie. The two main performances by Deneuve and Dewaere are both powerful, and they possess a natural chemistry that makes their onscreen relationship convincing.

Hotel des Ameriques is a slow-burning movie that relies on its atmospheric and moody tone to tell its story. The film does not have any action sequences or dramatic plot twists, but it is engaging nonetheless. Director André Téchiné has crafted a movie that is all about emotions, exploring the complex feelings that come with falling in love after tragedy. Hotel des Ameriques is a thought-provoking movie that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

In addition to Deneuve and Dewaere, there are several other excellent performances in the movie. The supporting cast includes Etienne Chicot as Hélène's brother, who is struggling to keep the hotel running and retain his grip on reality. There is also Sabine Haudepin as Muriel, a young woman who is staying at the hotel with her mother and is also dealing with the aftermath of a tragic event.

Overall, Hotel des Ameriques is a deeply affecting movie that is sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced heartbreak or loss. The film's mature themes and slow pace may not appeal to everyone, but for those who are willing to stick with it, the payoff is significant. This is a movie that rewards patience and emotional investment, and it is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who watches it.

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    6.4  (1,091)