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Hotel Splendide

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Welcome to the Hotel Splendide and a surreal feast of repression, liberation and love starring Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, The Golden Compass) and Toni Collette (About A Boy, Little Miss Sunshine, In Her Shoes).

Set on a remote island, the film follows the Blanche family's attempt to maintain a crumbling, dilapidated hotel and health spa following the death of the family matriarch.

Under his mother's tutelage, Chef Ronald Blanche (Craig) has been instructed in the art of a healthy regime, based on boiling everything within an inch of its life. His sister Cora runs a treatment room where services consist solely of mud baths and enemas, and Desmond Blanche, determined to keep the spirit of his mother alive, is leading the hotel into ruinous straits. Into this bizarre universe wanders Kath (Collette), Ronald's former sous-chef and girlfriend, who five years before had left the island under mysterious circumstances. Behind the peeling facade a gastronomical competition ensues, and as tensions and emotions mount, the hotel takes on a life of its own.

HOTEL SPLENDIDE screened in the Panorama section at Berlin Film Festival and in official selection at Edinburgh, Sitges and Melbourne film festivals;

AWARDS won Best Cinematography & Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation at Sitges in Spain.

BONUS FEATURE: Award-winning short film THE SIN EATER (approx 11 mins) from director Terence Gross. The short won best short film Atlantic Film Festival; Eastman Kodak Award at Locarno Film Festival and screened in the short film section of Telluride film festival.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Stephen Tompkinson, Hugh O'Connor, Helen McCrory
  • Directors: Terence Gross
  • Writers: Terence Gross
  • Producers: IIdiko Kemeny
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Film4 Library
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004U7EHJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Who does eccentricity better than the Brits? The movie opens with a young man's narrative as you are swept across the sea to an imposing, dark hotel, giving the impression it was resplendent in it's prime. You enter the hotel with the guest, greeted with decrepitude and memory of days gone by. The catalyst is a woman who arrives unexpectedly, sending the schedule (and the kitchen) into a tailspin. One-by-one you will meet guests, employees and family, learning their secrets, their desires and fears. There are surprises, mysteries to be solved, and bizarre inventions as you are led through the few days in which the movie takes place. The casting was good, each actor making their role come to life. It was amusing to see Daniel Craig cast as a chef, making the recipes his mother created years before: a gross, slimy mass given to guests for "their health". This is not an Oscar movie, and the pace is methodical, but I would still say it is worth watching for the interesting mix of people and their stories.
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Watch Hotel Splendede once and you will never forget it. This movie is impossible to forget. Love it or hate it this movie is a classic of the most gruesomely dark humor I have ever seen. The management of the hotel has a formula for good health that has to been seen and even then you might not believe it. The humor is dark and the movie itself is dark, with good reason. If you have not seen it before you are in for a one of a kind cinematic experience.
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I LOVE British comedies! Hotel Splendide is a great example of the genre. The short included in this DVD, "The Sin Eater", was understated and very funny. I enormously enjoyed both the movie and the short. The copy ordered from Amazon is made to order, therefore there is no captioning available. This would be helpful in deciphering the British accents, but having seen this particular movie more than once, I was able to get more of the dialogue the second time through.
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Surprising and deliciously dark little romp with a macabre but genuinely funny story and a GREAT cast. Good direction, great sets, excellent lighting and a very cool vintage soundtrack provide the icing on the cake. Bon appetit.
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I really enjoyed this movie, and not just because Daniel Craig and Toni Collette are in it. All the acting is well done, and the plot and characters are so unique. The Hotel Splendide is a "health" spa powered by the guests' own methane gas, with an awful menu of eel and potatoes and an isolated group of residents who have forgotten the joy of living (and eating) and are out of touch with the real world. The movie is both goofy and poetic; a little ridiculous but very sweet and sad and uplifting all at the same time. It's unexpected at every turn - I'm so glad I gave it a chance. It's one of my new favorites.
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I originally watched the movie on netflix Canada and had a hard time finding it to purchase. I then learned that it was and is released to Europe region 2 only. I was so happy to see Amazon.com made it available on demand for region 1.
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