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Family tension again provides dramatic comedy in Wes Anderson's new film, The Darjeeling Limited, about three American brothers traveling by train to find their reclusive mother in rural India. Like Royal Tenenbaums, this film succeeds because of its smart, funny script in addition to the visual beauty of India and its luxurious locomotive transportation. In Darjeeling, the oldest brother, Francis (Owen Wilson), blackmails his two younger siblings, Peter (Adrien Brody), and Jack (Jason Schwartzman), into traveling to a monastery where their mother, Patricia (Anjelica Huston), has been in hiding as a nun. Supposedly embarking on a spiritual quest, the three men reminisce about the recent death of their father, and the family's irreconcilable problems previous to their reunification. Though they do find Patricia, Francis, Peter, and Jack grow immensely from another brush with death, this time an Indian boy they try to rescue, giving the film an added conceptual depth that Anderson's previous films have been accused of lacking. Co-written by Roman Coppola (CQ), The Darjeeling Limited is a finely-tuned critique of American materialism, emotional vacuity, and our lack of spiritualism, presented in ironic twists and gorgeous cinematography and lighting recalling Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller. A lovely, poignant sequence occurs while the three brothers attend a traditional Indian funeral, and flash back to their father's one year prior. Moreover, the film's soundtrack culled from Satyajit Ray's films and vintage Kinks gives the film a timeless feel, removing it from the predictable indie rock scoring of independent releases. By far Anderson's best film thus far, The Darjeeling Limited offers a much-needed dose of cultural self-reflection, pillared against India's ever-evolving yet ancient religious backbone. --Trinie Dalton
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What was the point of this film? I quit watching this mid-way through because it was numbing my mind, it was soooooooo boring. I just didn't "get it".Published 13 days ago by Jan
Makes me want to take a train ride with my brother. Full of great one liners.Published 27 days ago by Mike
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|Why is this not coming out on the Criterion label?||
Was this forum moved to this product? I ask only because it say's criterion collection in the title of the product and on the picture cover. It is also the exact same cover as listed on the criterion website
Dec 22, 2010 by B. Matlock | See all 13 posts
|Will this DVD have "Hotel Chevalier" on it?||
Yes, it is included.
Feb 27, 2008 by el Hombre | See all 2 posts
criterion seems to list dvd and bd at the same price, and amazon has been known to sell the bd for a lower price than the dvd. the list is $39.95 for both bd and dvd. this is not a mistake.
Nov 13, 2010 by charles murphy | See all 2 posts
|change the title?||
Yeah, I was just wondering about that. The Darjeeling Limited is a pretty good (not his best) Wes Anderson film. I've never heard of the Darjeeling Express.
Amazon better check themselves before they reck themselves.
May 11, 2010 by paper tiger | See all 7 posts
|nice cover art||Be the first to reply|