This film will be preceded by a screening of the Anderson’s short, Hotel Chevalier.
“I want to try not to repeat myself,” Wes Anderson once said, “but then I seem to do it continuously in my films.” Anderson’s world tour continued with an atmospheric Indian sojourn inspired by the work of filmmaker Satyajit Ray, to whom Darjeeling is respectfully dedicated.
It’s infused to the core with the unresolved familial issues that dominate Anderson’s films and, as variations upon a theme go, it’s a compelling one. Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and new recruit Adrien Brody are an unlikely trio of estranged siblings on what eldest brother Francis (Wilson) claims to be a journey of self-discovery, travelling through India by train. However, all is not quite as it seems . . .
Anderson’s superb short Hotel Chevalier, a kind of prequel to Darjeeling, is an exquisite two-hander which utilises Jason Schwartzman, Natalie Portman, a Parisian hotel room and Peter Sarstedt’s tune “Where Do You Go to (My Lovely)?” to unforgettable effect.
Showing as part of the OOH LA LA: WATCHING WES ANDERSON season throughout June.