A Five Star Life
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A Five Star Life is the sophisticated story of one woman's quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world's finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge's manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment's notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn't leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she's not working, Irene's world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia (Fabrizia Sacchi), two lively young nieces, and best friend--and former lover--Andrea (Stefano Accorsi). But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene's small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. After a chance meeting shakes up her worldview even more, she's compelled to reexamine her choices and charts her own path to happiness despite the expectations of others.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 29094014
- Director : Maria Sole Tognazzi
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 25 minutes
- Release date : November 4, 2014
- Actors : Stefano Accorsi, Margherita Buy, Fabrizia Sacchi, Gian Marco Tognazzi
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Music Box Films
- ASIN : B00L2YXZYQ
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #51,899 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There were/are significant differences, though. The star in this film is glamorous and the right side of a mid-life crisis. I was anything but glamorous and in my late 50s/early 60s. I generally (although not always) stayed at hotels a star below those shown in the film. I was not generally concerned with the minutiae of hotel quality. Except at weekends, I rarely used the hotels for anything but sleep. The quality of my airline experience was much more important to me than the quality of my hotel experience.. I was generally undertaking long-haul flights, whilst the star of this film was usually flying short-haul. The absence of long-haul flights in the film avoided the important issue of jetlag.
Having spelt out the differences, let me celebrate the similarities. Such a lifestyle means the sacrifice of personal relationships. There are fleeting encounters (occasionally significant) en route, which rarely lead to anything lasting long. The absence of a long-term romantic relationship at home means a strong dependence on non- or quasi-romantic relationships there. In the film, the star's maternal instincts are (to a degree) placated by her relationship with her nieces. Such limited paternal instincts as I had/have were/are satisfied by my beloved Golden Retrievers.
However, such a lifestyle forces one to speculate on what one is missing in the long-term romantic relationships. I've always had a suspicion that the joy fades out over time and the absence of a sexual relationship, after the production of a couple of daughters, between the star's sister and her husband strikes me as wholly credible.
So many observations in the film rang true. Room service chilled wine is insufficiently cold and room service soup is insufficiently hot. New encounters during travel are rarely as straightforward as they might appear. Only someone with a very high degree of self-sufficiency will feel comfortable with such a life.
I liked the film because it was (with the significant exceptions spelt out above) such an accurate depiction of my own life. I am in no position to judge how well it will be received by those leading more conventional lifestyles.
A couple of lifetimes ago, I also traveled for work full-time; it was exhausting and soul-crushing. Of course at first the experience was exhilarating, but it was just fool's gold for me. What I really love about travel is meeting and speaking with people who have interesting, insightful, and life-altering wisdom to share. It's not really ALL about the "five star" experience, although of course the luxuries are unforgettable! It's a lovely message at the end, which is pretty much that we each are the driver of our own destiny. Make the most of what you've got, stop being bitter about what you don't have, and open your eyes to the present and what could be your future. I'm going to watch it again without the subtitles, for sure!
Irene lives in a spartan apartment when she is at home. She eats drab food, but eats well when she visits her sister and brother in law, and her two young nieces. Her life is good, but many around her feel she is missing out on family and children.
As we follow Irene around the world and see the gorgeous settings and luxury, we do see Irene is lonely. She has friends, but she begins to question her life when she meets another woman who talks about the lack of intimacy in life. This is a satisfactory film that lends a glance at the luxurious side of life. A peek into the other world, and a questioning of priorities.
Recommended. prisrob 09-11-17