HOTEL SALVATION REVIEWED
“Hotel Salvation” is about an old man dreaming of his impending death. He sells a cow and forces his adult son to take him to Varanasi. The titular Hotel only provides visitors two weeks to visit. If they last longer, then the name in the register changes. All the while, visitors are forced to come to terms with suppressed emotion and the reason for their visit. The adult son has to deal with daughter’s impending marriage, while the older man has to understand what it means to die.
In a culture that embraces reincarnation, it’s weird to see a film that wants to give finality to death. I guess that’s because the drama wants to sell the idea of salvation in this quaint Varanasi hotel. It just feels like a film at war with itself, its characters and the land it wants to profile. I’m not going to say the movie’s bad because it’s not. However, it’s a very frustrating movie to solve while watching.
I’d love to hear what others have to say about it. I’m starting to get into recent Indian cinema due to the local Cinemark aggressively promoting these movies.
- Bonus Short Film
- 2.35:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1