Hotel Harabati (2006)
While waiting to catch a train from Paris to Venice, French couple Philippe and Marion pick up a bag left behind by a polite, vaguely Middle Eastern man. Inside, they find neatly bound bundles of foreign currency; on the tag, it reads ‘Hotel Harabati.’ At the last moment, they decide not to go to Venice (though they tell their families and friends they did); but when Marion collects her film from the developer’s, the reel is inexplicably filled with shots of canals, vaporetti, crowded piazzas … and suddenly, terrifyingly, their whole world seems to have turned upside-down.
As reality blurs, the couple start to grow apart. Marion leaves Paris with the children and Philippe takes refuge with a young man that he meets. Until eventually he is compelled to try and find Hotel Harabati…
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