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EU Fim Festival Final Day: Hotell (Sweden)

By EU Film Festival Zimbabwe
Sat, May 20. 4:00PM - 6:00PM
EU Film Festival Zimbabwe, Harare

Young, affluent and expecting her first child, type-A interior designer Erika thinks she has everything under control. The nursery is ready, the best (and most expensive) changing table is on order, and her C-section is booked. But fate has something different in store: When she prematurely delivers a critically ill child, Erika just can’t cope. She sinks further into depression and refuses to deal with reality — or the baby — causing her more practical partner to lose patience. Unable to confront her own pain, she tries group therapy, where she distracts herself by listening to the problems of others. There she meets torture-obsessed Rikard, who has major mommy issues; pathologically timid Ann-Sofi; lonely, middle-aged Pernilla; and silent Peter. When the therapy group leader goes on vacation, the members decide to explore the notion of making a fresh start by going somewhere no one knows them — namely, the well-appointed confines of anonymous hotels. By turns funny, sad and discomfiting, “Hotell“ is an entertainingly absurdist, occasionally caustic but never judgmental look at that most frequently mishandled of cinematic subjects: mental illness, its many variegated forms, and how we might find healing in the unlikeliest of ways.

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