Archive of films Hotel Harabati / De particulier à particulier

France
2006, 94 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2006

A masterfully crafted, low-key meditation on post-9/11 urban fear and malaise, Hotel Harabati manages that rare feat of keeping auds’ eyes glued to the screen while not actually showing its narrative hand. In his debut feature, Brice Cauvin exhibits the firm control over complex material usually associated with far more senior helmers.


Synopsis

A masterfully crafted, low-key meditation on post-9/11 urban fear and malaise, Hotel Harabati manages that rare feat of keeping auds’ eyes glued to the screen while not actually showing its narrative hand. While waiting to catch a train from Paris to Venice, 35-year-old French couple Philippe (Laurent Lucas) and Marion (Helene Fillieres) pick up a tan valise left behind by a courtly, vaguely Middle Eastern gentleman. There is foreign writing and the phrase “tel Harabati” on the tag, and a great deal of foreign currency inside. Later, back in Paris, they begin telling his mother Nelly (Anouk Aimee) and their social circle they’ve been to Venice, when it’s clear from their private conversations they decided at the last minute not to go. When photos of Venice appear, the money resurfaces and the family is reunited in Syria. In his debut feature, Brice Cauvin exhibits the firm control over complex material usually associated with far more senior helmers.

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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
   
Director: Brice Cauvin
Screenplay: Brice Cauvin, Jérôme Beaujour, Pierre Scholler
Dir. of Photography: Marc Tevanian
Music: Philippe Miller
Editor: Agathe Cauvin
Producer: Marc Irmer
Production: Mille et Une Films
Cast: Laurent Lucas, Hélene Fillieres, Anouk Aimée, Julie Gayet
Contact: Playtime

Guests

Brice Cauvin

Film Director

Francois Yon

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