Monday Movie Music Moment

Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier (2007) is a short film, prologue to his full-length feature The Darjeeling Limited. Its premiere at the Venice Film festival in 2007 received warm reviews from critics and has long been one of my favourite films. It is far more complex than meets the eye and in a mere 13 minutes touches on subjects like human desire, loneliness and the psychology of relationships.

This multi-dimensional short is about two ex- lovers, one who is willing to do anything to escape a toxic love affair (Jason Schwartzman) and the other who simply won’t leave a poisonous relationship alone (Natalie Portman). Anderson’s intention of including Peter Sarstedt’s Where do you go to my lovely? adds a nostalgic and thematic note to make Hotel Chevalier a memorable moment in its entirety. When Schwartzman first plays the song as he readies his hotel suite for the arrival of his femme fatal, the song bears little significance. After a loaded conversation and a few quirky interactions with Portman, the song’s encore opens up Schwartman’s wounded heart and his inability to unravel what his lover truly desires from life and from his love, as Sarstedt croons, “Where do you go to my lovely,when you’re alone in your bed?”. Hotel Chevalier is dark, yet meaningful. Take from it what you will, but you will more than likely be able to empathize with at least one side of this dangerous love affair.

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About Kate Lalumiere

After studying wine and spending years in the food service industry, Kate is nutshell's designated food and wine aficionado. Her posts take on the foodie-sphere one restaurant at a time, exposing some of the hottest spots to satiate the ol' buds ! Her favourite restaurants usually include: innovative menus, sustainable & local produce and unparalleled hospitality. Although Kate has a keen ear for food buzz in the National Capital, you'll also find her weighing in on fashion, music and anything that peaks her interest! ** Favourite Restaurant (Ottawa) : Supply & Demand • Wine of Choice: Every wine • Favourite Band: The National • Bad Habit: Being a backseat driver• Favourite Song: Wild Horses • Fashion Icon: Olivia Palermo • Favourite Movie: The Sandlot • Favourite TV Series: Gossip Girl (sue me!) • Sport: Football (to watch and play) • Team: Arizona Cardinals • Blackberry or Iphone: Iphone • Favourite Book: The Sun Also Rises, The Cat's Table, The Bell Jar, On the Road... • ** To ask Kate a question about food, wine or anything else contact her at :

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