Erika (Alicia Vikander) has it all: a good job, lots of friends and a secure relationship with Oskar (Simon J. Berger). Until the day it all falls apart after the premature birth of her son. Suddenly this perfect life means nothing, and the feelings she once was able to control are no longer within reach. She starts going to group-therapy and meets other people suffering from various forms of trauma. Eventually she form a bond with some of the participants within this group; Rikard (David Dencik), who has severe mother issues and a fascination for Mayaindians, Pernilla (Anna Bjelkerud), a lonely middle-aged woman with an extensive self hatred, Ann-Sofi (Mira Eklund), a young woman suffering from bullying and abuse and Peter (Henrik NorlĂ©n) who has in reality a structured life with a wife and kids, but feels only emptiness and alienation. One day Erika and this eclectic group of four people decide to take matters into their own hands and heads off together in search of a way out. They start checking into hotels – a place of complete anonymity where one can wake up as a different person…

“Hotell” concerns topics such as postpartum depression, abuse and selftherapy and has a dark structure with a comic sparkle that comes to life in several scenes. Director Lisa Langseth is balancing on the line between the gripping reality and goofball comedy when she wants to show the tragic comic balance within each character, but she manages to keep the balance act together. All the main actors go all in with their characters, they are all sad and reduced as humans, but yet so full of life. However, the lead actress Alicia Vikander is the one that stands out as the depressed Erika. She is vulnerable, beautiful, depressed, hurt, confused and in pain, but yet selfoccupied, cold and pitiful for not being there for her newborn son and boyfriend. Her facial expressions says so much and you can feel her pain through the screen. Her full on breakdown in the hotel room in the end is intense and moving. David Dencik is as well in good form as the Mayaindian loving man child, but Alicia Vikander stole my heart in this movie. She is already in Hollywood and with her talent and absolute beauty she will go really far in Tinseltown. Mark my words. (3 and a half out of 5)

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