The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wes Anderson
  • Cast: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson

A collection of comedy-drama stories published in the eponymous fictional newspaper, The French Dispatch.

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For his tenth feature film, Wes Anderson turns his attention to France. The story takes place in a fictional city in France called Ennui-sur-Blasé where the American magazine The French Dispatch, defined in the film as ‘a weekly analysis of international politics, the arts (fine or not), and other random bits of news’ has been relocated. In this collection of historic anecdotes that we page through in pastel colours and black and white, Wes Anderson delights us with a prestigious international cast, including Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Murray. A slapstick chronicle of France in the years 1950 to 1970, The French Dispatch takes us once again into Anderson’s wondrous imagination, with its symmetric and retro aesthetic, enhanced by sets created by Adam Stockhausen, costumes by Milena Canonero, and music by Alexandre Desplat.

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