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Bunker Palace Hotel

Connoisseurs of dire futures and admirers of the colour grey will find most to relish in this haunting but rather heartless picture. As civil war rages, a bunch of variously weird Establishment figures takes refuge in an underground hideaway staffed by erratically functioning robots. A shaven headed Trintignant, oozing sinister emollience, dominates the scene; his encounters with Bouquet, a tightlipped revolutionary who has infiltrated the group, are gripping. Bilal is a leading strip-cartoon artist (and designer for Alain Resnais) and his imaginary ash coloured setting is certainly striking. But finally the stylishness and the deadpan comedy seem attached to little beyond a skin deep misanthropy.

Release details

Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Enki Bilal
Screenwriter: Enki Bilal, Pierre Christin
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant
Carole Bouquet
Maria Schneider
Benoît Régent
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Roger Dumas
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