Akerman does film-as-performance-art. Unflinchingly, daringly raw and (inter)personal exercises in structure and form. And we are the implicated voyeurs, bringing life to tropes via quantum observation. How undermined the legacy of cinema on human communication, on empathy, on intellect & imagination would be without these assertive counterweights to the oppressive hegemony of narrative film! Thank you, Akerman. 3.75
You can not enter a side room in a hotel, you can not have a permit for it, but you can imagine. you ve to consider this film with an eye of a person who is walking in the corridor.motion fields symbolize the truth.motionless human figures inside different rooms symbolizes our imagination about the rooms we can not enter into... they were just ideas. in my opinion hotel monterey was voyeur of real and fantasy...
Elevators, moving silently, seemed so foreboding. Stare at a symmetrically-framed scene & you'll be driven mad by the asymmetry within it––an ajar curtain, a lopsided lamp. Halls, slick w/light & glossy paint, took on a vaginal quality. Watched last 15 minutes with Soko's most recent album playing; worked wonders on my attention span. Hôtel made me appreciate contemporary film's complex audio production process, oy.
Corridors are one of the most perfect cinematic images, filled with a beguiling sense of mystery, so I am happy to watch a film almost devoted to them. A film for showing how perception can change a small space into an evocative canvas. Oddly reminds me of pop art of the era, isolating/multiplying recognised images we take for granted and questioning why we have extrapolated this reality.
Akerman and Mangolte intelligently compose in a manner that challenges our perceptual instincts. When there is clarity and brightness there is little content to maintain interest. Where there is a flat surface and closed door, they inspire question and anticipation. This constant choice to direct our attention away from common formal strategies further repeats across each floor, inspiring a belief beyond form!