Tuesday, March 24, 2015
A Five Star Life (2014)
Irene, the main character, is one of the luxury hotel inspectors. It seems like a dream job, no? Maybe it would be for a month or even a year, but after a while there is almost a grind about it. Never home, never left alone, always having someone attend to your every need. At one point a fellow guest confesses that she has tipped her attendant a 100 euros to leave her alone.
The movie is strangely soothing in it's rhythm. It shows something not often seen in films-- it shows an ordinary citizen doing her job. The screenplay nimbly works in other characters, such as when Irene recruits her two nieces to help her test how a hotel treats families. But a large part of the movie is simply Irene doing her job while dealing with the pitfalls of the career lifestyle she has chosen. The geographical and architectural eye-candy, and the constant flow of information on how the job is done, were icing on the cake. The question of what is meaningful work and where does it fit into a rewarding life are backdrops to the main action.