The legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) of a famous European hotel is also a member of a secret society. The new lobby boy (Tony Revolori) becomes his most trusted partner and friend and in the 1930s they become embroiled in art theft, murders, and Communist plots. Also with F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Edward Norton. Directed by Wes Anderson. [1:39]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man wearing a short robe pulled back to show his full chest and abdomen is seen in a mirror while at his groin the head of a woman is shown performing jerking motions of oral sex and the scene ends. An elderly woman sits in bed, nude from the waist up and legs under covers (bare breasts, torso, arms and shoulders are seen) next to a man clad in a shirt and robe with his legs under the covers.
► An elderly woman wears a large one-piece bathing suit in a hotel pool while a male concierge wearing shorts helps her to float by holding her waist. A pen and ink portrait features two almost nude women outlined in black and locked in a side-by-side embrace; they wear only thigh-high stockings while the hand of one woman extends under the other woman's back with the hand touching the second woman's breast and large nipple; one woman's fingers extend into the large, curly area of the other woman's groin area (entirely covered by hair) and the legs are spread toward the viewer (no genitals are visible and the bare breasts of both women feature large red nipples). An overweight man wearing swimming briefs stands in a hotel pool. We see the full nude backside of an overweight man as an attendant hoses him down. Two men lie in tubs of spring water at a hotel and we see chests and legs of one man. Two men sit up in tubs of water in a hotel and we see their bared upper chest. A shirtless male prisoner's chest has small, poorly made tattoos (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
► A teen boy wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long boxer shorts revealing knees and lower legs sits in a bed with a teen girl clad in a nightgown or slip with spaghetti straps that reveals bare shoulders and arms. A man answers a hotel door and we hear a woman's voice calling him from inside (sex is implied). A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately but briefly in the balcony of a movie theater.
► A man says that an 86-year-old woman was dynamite in the sack. We hear that a concierge makes a fortune by inheriting the estates of elderly women he services sexually. An older man tells a teen boy that the boy will inherit all his money, except what they spend on whores in the city first. An elderly woman and a younger man each say, "I love you." A teen boy tells his supervisor 4 or 5 times not to flirt with his fiancée. A teen boy gives a teen girl a book of love poems and they become engaged. A man calls a hotel concierge a series of derogatory terms for gays and he replies, "I sleep with all my friends," implying sex.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Six prisoners dig out of a prison with kitchen implements and files and hammers that were baked into pastries and delivered to them; they open a trap door and see five prison officers playing poker and one prisoner jumps down with a knife and we hear men groaning and shouting in pain; the camera looks through the trap door and we see five dead, somewhat bloody men, while the sixth officer and the prisoner repeatedly stab each other with some blood flowing in the upper chest area, until they are both also dead.
► Several illnesses and deaths occur: An author states that he once had scribes-fever neurasthenia; a hotel shoeshine boy wears thick glasses and a long leg brace on his leg; a male hotel guest sits in a wheelchair pushed by a lobby boy; a village woman limps and we hear that she had a clubfoot; we hear that a young mother and her infant son died of an obscure disease and her elderly widower cries because they died young (she also had a port wine stain the shape of Mexico on her cheek); we hear that an old woman was murdered with arsenic and we see a news photo of her lying on her back with her eyes closed in death and her leg twisted up to her side; a man stands in a museum doorway open to the outside and when the door closes we hear a man screaming until the door opens again and we see four bloody fingers lying on the sidewalk; we see a news photo of a dead man stuffed into a museum sarcophagus with his arms crossed over his chest and four fingers missing (no blood is seen); a headline reads, "Local Girl's Head Found in Laundry Basket" and a military captain opens a basket and removes the staring head of a woman with scraggly hair (we see red around the severed neck with a little blood); a teen boy states that his whole family died by murder in a war and that he was arrested, tortured and released; a priest in a confessional is strangled off-screen (the camera pans to the door of his cubical and we see him lying dead on the floor with one leg bent at the knee).
► In a hotel on two long interior balconies many men shoot handguns across the open area between the facing balconies until police officers order the shooting to stop and arrest everyone present.
► Two men hop onto a sled and chase a man skiing over a hillside, a ski jump, a bobsled run and onto an icy cliff; one man ends up with his feet sticking up out of icy snow and the other hangs onto an icy cliff with his hands until the pursued man stomps on the cliffhanger's hands; the snow-buried man appears and punches the pursued man over the cliff to end the scene.
► Soldiers grab a man and a teen boy in a train car and slam their faces into walls, giving them bloody noses, but release the two victims. On a train car stopped by military officers, rifle-toting soldiers enter and begin to beat a man and a teen boy in front of the boy's fiancée; the camera cuts to an elderly man telling the story of the train car, stating that the man saved the boy and the fiancée, but was shot and executed for his deed. A man punches another man and a teen boy punches the first man when the second man gets up and punches the boy (no blood is seen). Three prisoners hijack a local town bus, take the driver to the back of the bus (off-screen) and beat him (we hear groans and grunts) while one prisoner drives the bus and the other two prisoners argue about how bad one smells and how the other forgot to bring cologne. On visitor's day, a prisoner has two black eyes, which he says he suffered in a fight to prove his strength against other prisoners, who are now his friends.
► A man tosses a lawyer's cat out an upper story window; the cat howls and we see a smashed cat on the sidewalk with some blood; the lawyer picks up the cat in a bag that has a large red spot of blood on it, then he sees the man that killed his cat while on a bus and shakes the bag at him; he then gets off the bus and tosses the bag in a trashcan.
► A man chases a woman who is carrying a stolen painting through a hotel hallway; escaping, she is next seen hanging over a street from a balcony by her hands and her fiancé runs through the window and over the balcony where he hangs beside her by his hands; they both fall into a stack of empty pastry boxes in a delivery car (presumably unharmed). A man falsely accused of the murder of an elderly woman in order to inherit her money runs from six policemen who chase him upstairs in a hotel and the scene ends.
► A man in a hotel lobby chokes and several people and a barking dog rush forward to see what is the matter as the scene ends. A man flat on his back in a hotel lobby receives CPR and the scene ends.
► A man's desktop contains a switchblade, a handgun and a box of poison with skull and crossbones on it and in another scene the desk features a glass box containing four severed fingers (they are red on one end from blood).
► A man speaking to the camera stops abruptly and shouts at a small boy that waves a toy gun around the room; the boy runs off, walks back up to the man's chair and points the toy gun at the camera. A male concierge says he is watching the staff like a hawk with a horsewhip in his talon. At home a man becomes angry and smashes a pen and ink drawing of two nude women over a short stone column or statue (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
► In a meeting room where a will is about to be read we see bearskins and taxidermied animal heads on the walls along with a stuffed bear standing in a corner and long rifles stand in haystack configurations. Several people are dressed in black leather and appear to be gangsters while one man wears four skull rings on one hand. A male prisoner has unprofessional tattoos all over his chest and arms, including a star, a spiral, a hammer, a blade and others.
► A man reads a bloody letter on a stone sidewalk. A man says a woman died from arsenic poisoning.
PROFANITY 6 - About 10 F-words and its derivatives, 6 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (adventurer, idiot, fool, lunatic, coward, filthy, savages, barbaric slaughterhouse, snitch, bisexual, psychopath, swamp rat), stereotypical references to Arabs, old women, old men, teen couples, Communist soldiers, Southeast European thugs, American gangsters, European police, hotel concierges, pastry chefs, prisoners, lawyers, greedy families, exclamations (shut-up), 8 religious profanities (GD), 4 religious exclamations (Dear God, Holy [F-word deleted], What in the Name of God, Our Holy Father [large words carved in a small stone building]). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks from a glass of wine in a hotel lobby chair, a man drinks a small glass of sherry in a kitchen, a man drinks a glass of wine while sorting papers on a pool table and a decanter of wine is shown on the side of the table, three women are shown with glasses of wine (we do not see them drink), two men pour and drink champagne at dinner with the bottle standing in an ice bucket, two men and a teenager have glasses of champagne on a table in a train car (we do not see them drink), a man drinks champagne while a woman performs oral sex on him (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), a man mixes a cocktail in a close-up, a man drinks whiskey from a glass flask several times, and an elderly man drinks a glass of whiskey at the reading of a will. A soldier smokes a cigarette beside the entrance to a cemetery, a concierge on duty lazily smokes a cigarette, a man in a hotel lobby smokes a cigarette, a concierge smokes at a hotel dining room table were a dozen older women stand or sit and dink tall pink drinks in cocktail glasses, and a man smokes a pipe in a hotel lobby.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - War killings, murder, art theft, aging, death/wills, becoming an orphan, hotel work, child labor, prostitution, Eastern European conflicts, Communism.
MESSAGE - Memories can be painful and heavy with loss, but fascinating.