in about 100 words or less
Germany/UK 99m, Colour
Director: Wes Anderson; Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the story of how a poor young boy immigrant became the owner of the once prestigious Grand Budapest Hotel. Set on a mountainside in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, the hotel serves as a glorious backdrop to a story told by the hotel’s owner in 1968 about how, beginning in 1932, he became the lobby boy under the tutelage of the then beloved concierge, a man who was accused of murdering one of their wealthy guests. A symmetrically stylish film, The Grand Budapest Hotel is filled with quirky characters, dastardly deeds and rich dialogue that begs of repeated viewings (Klaus Ming April 2014).