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THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

WES ANDERSON

Inspired by author J.D. Salinger’s tales of the Glass family, Wes Anderson’s dramatic comedy about a dysfunctional family of troubled geniuses remains for many his crowning achievement to date.

A gleefully larger-than-life Gene Hackman excels as disruptive paterfamilias Royal Tenenbaum, with Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson offering formidable support as his troubled brood. They are all trapped in a perpetual state of arrested development, struggling with the unresolved parental issues that tend to blight many of Anderson’s protagonists.

Deftly juggling a formidable ensemble that also includes co-writer Owen Wilson, Rushmore hangover Bill Murray and the formidable Anjelica Huston, this is a devastatingly mature work from a filmmaker only then entering his 30s.

A visual love letter to New York City, The Royal Tenenbaums is infused with a heightened sense of reality and occasional theatrical flourishes. Alec Baldwin’s narration gives a pitch-perfect, world-weary gravitas to this fractured fairy-tale.

It’s one of the key American films of the new millennium.

Showing as part of the OOH LA LA: WATCHING WES ANDERSON season throughout June.

110 minutes, U.S.A., 2001, Colour, Anamorphic, Dolby Digital Stereo, 35mm

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