What is hidden behind the smile of the staff of “Hotel”.

The tragic death of Jenny (Viviane Audet), manager of the Hôtel Dumont, weighs heavily on the conscience of her best friend Sarah (Marie-Evelyne Lessard) and on the heart of her mother Victoria (Nathalie Coupal).

No sooner had his urn placed in the ground than a bitter race for leadership of the hotel, in this case the Hotel Saint-Sulpice in Montreal’s Old Port, was underway. There are many secrets hidden behind the smiles of its dedicated staff and its closed doors, but also stories of impossible love, family conflicts, betrayal, greed and a healthy dose of ambition.

For the quartet of authors Nathalie Bourdelais, Rachel Cardillo, Marie-Frédérique Laberge-Milot and Annie Langlois, it was the ultimate playground to nurture and house this illusion of the perfect life.

With its new fiction “Hotel” – heiress to “O'” – TVA returns to the annual series and original productions in the Thursday night 8 p.m. box recently cast by the Americans.

“There’s a pretty weird, light angle, but suddenly there are times when we settle down and it gets more gripping,” commented Éric Tessier, who directed the first block of 12 episodes, at a roundtable on Monday at which the Agency QMI participated has participated.

Built in the studio when the province suffered from material and labor shortages, the subdued decors lend a fairly successful chic look to this “soap” whose intrigue is sometimes predictable.

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The slums of the hotel industry

Duplicated in 24 one-hour episodes, “Hotel” takes a look behind the scenes of the hotel industry; “It’s less beautiful downstairs, it’s all about the renovation upstairs,” said the show’s producer for Sovimage, Sophie Deschênes.

“Poor Hugo, he’s in debt and his family doesn’t know about it. He does business with people who spend big and roll with big money while he doesn’t have those funds,” the producer added, stressing that his descent is likely to be abrupt.

Hugo (Patrice Bélanger), assistant director, expects a promotion to pay off his debts, but Guillaume (Emmanuel Schwartz), Jenny’s (Machiavellian) twin brother, will be able to thwart him. It must be said that the latter has all the faults of a rich man’s son; spoiled, profiteer, arrogant; He knows how to use his charm to get what he wants.

Ève Lemieux, who plays the role of a maid struggling with a gambling problem, Olivia Palacci plays the badass cook, while Jeff Boudreault, Olivier Gervais-Courchesne, Gabrielle Fontaine and Myriam Fournier complete the Hotel Dumont’s staff.

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