Swooni (Hotel Swooni) – **(*)

Posted: December 28, 2016 in 2011, Belgium, Drama, Flanders, XX1/2

Set in a (fictitious) luxury hotel in Brussels, several stories interact. Anna checks in with her husband and their son for the wedding of her sister. The guy she’s having an affair with, is a guest as well. Violette checks in and demands the ‘royal’ suite. She’s been diagnosed with cancer and wants to spend the rest of her days in luxury and close to her estranged daughter Vicky, who’s working as a cleaning lady in the hotel. Joyeux is a little African refugee kid who’s trying to re-connect with his dad after they got separated upon arrival in the West. The last words of his dad were: ‘meet me at hotel Swooni in Brussels’.

It’s a relatively short movie and feels more like a tv production than an actual cinematic experience. But it works. The stories fit together well and the limited locations (hotel rooms, hotel lobby, rooftop terrace) are a plus. The opening shot over Brussels makes you wonder why not more movies are made in the Belgian capital. The acting is solid. From class A actors like Geert Van Rampelberg to newcomers like Vigny Tchakouani, who doesn’t do much more than look adorable, but steals every scene he’s in. The characters are intriguing, and you want to know more about them, but you get enough information to get where they are going.

It’s all a bit predictable and superficial, but by the time you’re starting to maybe get annoyed a bit, the movie is over.

It’s homegrown, so it deserves a (*) extra.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825974

 

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