In the Room
A Singapore hotel room plays host to the love stories of its international guests through the decades.
Director Eric Khoo
Producer Nansun Shi
Screenwriters Jonathan Lim, Andrew Hook
With Khobbi Kim, Laurence Wong, Show Nishino
Hong Kong-Singapore 2015
Sales Sales Distribution Workshop (HK) Ltd
A series of international guests conduct their tangled affairs on the sheets of a hotel bed in this paean to the pains and pleasures of love. These many stories, though separated by years, all take place in the same Singapore hotel room. They include a repressed gay romance, a sparky young Korean ‘will they/won’t they’, and a couple’s tender last night together before a gender-reassignment surgery. Each decade is given a fabulous production design that illustrates the mores of the era while hinting at the hotel’s gradual decline. Threaded together by a ghost story about a rock star who burnt out too soon, and the tale of a woman forever trying to replicate the lost lust of a former lover, the film is infused with a nostalgic, dreamy sense of the passing of time. So many small intimacies set to fade without a trace.