Director Shubhashish Bhutiani
Starring Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni
Hotel Salvation review – life, death and marijuana-laced lassis in trippy Indian arthouse flick
This beautifully rendered Indian arthouse film, the debut of young director Shubhashish Bhutiani, enacts a subtle family comedy-drama that anyone who has spent time with an ageing parent could relate to easily.
Middle-class businessman Rajiv (Adil Hussain) lives with his wife Laila (Geetanjali Kulkarni), grownup daughter Sunita (Palomi Ghosh) and elderly father Daya (the Falstaffian Lalit Behl), a curmudgeonly former schoolteacher with whom Daya has, at best, a rocky, adversarial relationship.
One day, Rajiv announces that, like an elephant, he senses that his time has come and he insists on travelling to Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, where he would like to spend his last days. Conveniently enough, there is a hotel designed for just this purpose, but guests can only stay for 15 days at a time: if you fail to die, you must reregister under a different name.Dutiful if begrudging Rajiv travels with his father, and as the days waiting for death turn into weeks, the two men tentatively begin to air their grudges and grievances.
The concept may sound schmaltzy but Bhutiani and his cast have a delicacy of touch that keeps it from getting too gooey, and there’s a dreamy, trippy quality to the hazy cinematography and hypnotic music that makes you feel like you may have drunk one of the marijuana-laced lassis that feature in the storyline.
The Wicker Man
We have only a couple of guest tickets for British horror classic THE WICKER MAN being shown at Storyhouse on 31st October. The normal price is £9.50 but we have some tickets left at just £5.00. The film is guaranteed to sell out - there are only 3 'public' tickets available from Storyhouse.
The film will be introduced by Gary Carpenter, Associate Musical Director of The Wicker Man, and yours truly Mike Graham from Chester Film Society.
Other examples will include...
Dirty smelly Harry.
The Green Hornet Nest
Three men and a baby giraffe
LOTR The Return of The Burger King
Salems parking lot
Schindler's Shopping List
Epping forrest gump
The Jungle Telephone Book
Sex toy story
Fire Escape From Alcatraz
Saturday Night Slight Fever
And so on!