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Hotel America - Poster Japon

Hotel America

A Feature film by André Téchiné

Produced by Sara Films

Release in France : 02/12/1981


    Hélène, a distracted pill-popping anesthetist, almost runs down Gilles one evening on a Biarritz street. She is still numb from the drowning death earlier that year of her lover, a visionary architect. Gilles presses for a relationship, then backs away, deciding she could never love someone of lower class and limited prospects. But she does fall in love with him and gradually her depression eases. As she heals, he becomes obsessed with her lover's talents and his own limitations, behaving bizarrely and pushing her away. How these conflicts play out becomes the movie's story.

    Actors (13)

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    Executive Producer :

    Sara Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

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    Films A2

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    This film marked a turning point in Téchiné’s career, anchoring his work from then on in a more realistic universe from the previous romantic one. For the first time Téchiné let his actors improvise, a practice he has continued ever since, adjusting his scripts to accommodate the new material. “From Hotel des Amériques onwards my films are no longer genre films,” he said. “My inspiration is no longer drawn from the cinema”. This film also started a long productive collaboration with Catherine Deneuve. "There are some directors who are more feminine than others, like Téchiné, like Truffaut. They are an exceptional gift to actresses," Deneuve said about their collaboration.

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    Full credits (14)

    Assistant directors :

    Alain Centonze, Charlotte Trench, Bruno François-Boucher

    Screenwriters :

    André Téchiné, Gilles Taurand

    Production manager :

    Christine Gozlan

    Continuity supervisor :

    Michèle Andreucci

    Foley artist :

    Jean-Pierre Lelong

    Costume designer :

    Christian Gasc

    Sound Mixer :

    Jacques Maumont

    Producer :

    Alain Sarde

    Sound Recordist :

    Paul Lainé

    Editor :

    Claudine Merlin

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Director of Photography :

    Bruno Nuytten

    Make-up Artist :

    Jacky Reynal

    Location Manager :

    François Menny

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    Feature film

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    Psychological drama

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

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