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Movie review: Kindness key in beautiful ‘Budapest Hotel’

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:15 pm

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, based on the writings of Stefan Zweig, transports the audience into the action as it reminds us of the importance of being both good and polite to others.

The film follows an author’s chance meeting with Zero Moustafa, owner of the past-its-peak Grand Budapest Hotel. Zero starts his story with how he first began at the hotel as a lobby boy, where he met Mr. Gustave H., the extremely charming and dedicated concierge. Each morning, Zero draws a mustache on his face, while Gustave is identifiable by his distinct scent, L’Air de Panache. Zero learns to excel in his job while falling in love with the pastry chef, Agatha, and uncovering the hotel’s secrets, which include the international consortium known as the Society of Crossed Keys, an efficient intelligence-gathering network that helps its members with the necessities. The members of the Crossed Keys are played as cameos, each in a color-coded outfits, by Wally Wolodarsky, Fisher Stevens, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban and Waris Ahluwalia.

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