Jackie Raynal returned to filmmaking in 1981, over a decade since Deux fois, with the autobiographical tale New York Story — later expanded into a feature as Hotel New York (1984) — which featured both her and her husband Sidney Geffen as themselves.
Tender portrait of homeless senior citizen Jorge in a disintegrating Cuba. He lives with his misty memories, dog and a dozen other vulnerable souls in a run-down former hotel. Twilight brings the end closer: of Hotel Nueva Isla, of Jorge and of a once glorious past.
Monsieur Feydeau has writer’s block, and he needs a new play. But he takes an opportunity to observe the upper class of 1900 Paris – Monsieur Boniface with a domineering wife, and the next-door neglectful husband Henri with a beautiful but ignored wife Marcelle.
An Austrian medical student living and working in France is hauled in by the police while on holiday in the south of the country. Accused of espionage he is sent back to his hotel to find out who might really be the spy.
A single sleazy NY hotel room is the setting for five separate stories. The collection of characters includes a magician who spends the night with a prostitute and later finds out that she’s his daughter, two newlyweds involved in a fight that gets ugly and a cross-dressing TV star.
Something isn’t right in this hotel room. A feeling of suspended reality and a film whose nature remains obscure: A sheet of ice is gradually drawn over the room’s stark interior – almost indiscernibly, the camera’s zoom affords more and more of a view into the setting…