Hotel Desire

Synopsis: In Berlin, during one of the hottest summers in the last seven years, Antonia, a single mother, drives her son to the bus station, in order to visit his dad in Paris and stay with him for the next two weeks. The two of them have already planned a trip together to travel to Côte d'Azur, something that Antonia will definitely value, since her demanding job as a hotel maid, housekeeping and cleaning, has left her exhausted, dishevelled and with no personal life. Late again for work, she will use her Maitre d'Hotel's compassion to go unpunished and will begin her work, not knowing that in the hotel stays Julius Pass, a famous blind portrait painter who uses his sense of touch to explore people's features, waiting for his big exhibition opening. Is this untidy maid who has lost faith in her, going to have a meeting with her fate?
Genre: Drama, Romance, Short
38 min

It's the hottest day in seven years.

A cloudless sky, and yet it will rain.

- Mom, we have to go.

- What time is it?

- Take your toothbrush out first.

- What time is it?

- Nine-thirty, Mom.

- What time does the bus leave?

Ten to ten. In twenty minutes.


- I'm sorry.

- It's okay.

You promised me, Mom.

I don't want you to get cancer.

- How do you know what cancer is?

- Internet.

Oh, Luca.


- Where did I leave the key?

- In the car, Mom.

- Shit.

- Mom.

- What is it?

-Don't use bad words.

I'm sorry.


Luca, what am I going to do without you?

You'll be fine, Mom.

It's only for two weeks.

- Promise?

- Of course.

- Here you go, young man. A cap.

- Thank you.

You're welcome...Luca.

- Where are you going, Luca?

- To my Dad.

He'll pick me up in Paris

and take me to the Coated Sewer.

- You're going to the Cote d'Azur.

- To the Cote d'Azur.

- Right. Know what that means?

- No.

- The azure-blue coast.

- Wow.

- That's right. Let's go.

- Azure blue is a very deep blue.

- Isn't that right, Mom?

- Absolutely.

Luca, don't forget to catch

that butterfly for me.

- I promise.

- I love you.

I love you too.

- Say hello to Dad.

- I will.

- Don't smoke or it will start raining.

- I promise.

So Julius Pass paints portraits

of people without seeing them?

Correct. He uses his sense of touch,

exploring their features with his hands.

- Amazing.

- And today his exhibition opens...

Cappuccino for the gentleman,

fresh orange juice for the lady.

Very well. Have a good day.

- Toni, are you crazy?

- I'm sorry, Felix, but I'm late.

- Can you park it for me?

- Having your period?

- Please, the key's inside.

- It's the last time. They'll...


Hotel Mira Mare Berlin, Ostrowski.

How can I help you?

Of course, Mr Rubinstein.

- Wild boar, service please.

- Caramelized mango for table 26.

- Has anyone seen Antonia yet?

- No

In-Room Dining, Zylinski.

How can I help you?

English breakfast for 406.

- Suse, have you seen Antonia yet?

- No.

Have you seen Antonia today?

Must be Groundhog Day.

That's why a well-managed hotel

should only hire homosexuals.

Because I can't get children and use

them as an excuse to mess things up.

- Marcel, I...

- No, Antonia, it's enough.

After hearing me rave about

my unfulfillable wish for a child...

you ought to know I can't

accept this drivel. I just can't.

Okay, you're a single mother

and you work at this hotel. So?

Does that keep you from getting up,

bringing your son to the bus...

and showing up for work on time?


Heavens, Toni.

If I had what you had, I'd work

even longer and get up earlier.

I know, Marcel.

That's why it makes me...

Yes, I know. That's why it makes

you feel even worse. I know, I know.

Now for the last time I'll do my duty

as caring gay maitre d'hotel and say:

Let's forget it.

- You're the best.

- You'll be fired if it happens again.

- This is the very last time.

- Thank you.

And yet you still look

like seven days of rain.

I wouldn't mind a downpour

to wash the dust off the streets.

Of course. Now slip out of your

pitifully drab everyday clothes...

and slip on your fairy tale costume,


- Thank you.

- Go on.

Hey, Antonia.

- My feet really hurt.

- Hello, Julia.

- What's the matter with you?

- Nothing, I'm fine.

- I'm just sweating, that's all.

- You're sweating?

What are you talking about?

What's the matter? What is it?

Antonia, come here.

What's wrong?

What happened?

I sweat, and I don't think that's

sweat coming out of your eyes.

As surely as you menstruate

every month, that's not sweat.

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Sergej Moya

Sergej Moya (born January 14, 1987 in Berlin) is a German actor. He won the Undine Award for Best Young Leading Actor in the 2005 film Keller – Teenage Wasteland. Moya started his career during his early teens, in the beginning of the 21st century. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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