David reluctantly pretends to be the manager of Hotel Poseidon, a place with fungus-covered walls. As he wanders the corridors like a zombie, he becomes a passive spectator to what happens around him. As clients stumbled around without money to pay and his family members haunt him, David begins to slowly lose his mind and disappear within the Hotel Poseidon.
Director and writer Stefan Lernous is committed to keeping it weird, what with a closed hotel that still has squatters hiding inside, all prepared to make David’s life a hassle. Everyone is covered in white makeup, dead bodies are disposed of in shocking ways and the entire inside becomes a jungle for our protagonist to get as lost as some viewers may be by this movie.
There’s not a lot of direction, but the whole thing is gorgeously ugly. Hotel Poseidon is financed by the Belgian avant-garde theater company Abbatoir Fermé and feels like a short that was given more moments of weirdness all around it. I didn’t fall in love with it, but in no way was I bored or upset that I watched it. It looks way better than it plays, if that makes sense.
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