Monday, October 22, 2007

The Darjeeling Limited

Francis Whitman invites his brothers Jack & Peter on a journey into the heart of India with the explicit goal of reconnecting as brothers and having a spiritual epiphany, and the journey Anderson takes us on wisely avoids mining the past, trusting instead the particulars of the journey to illuminate the contours of these brothers' relationships. All of Anderson's tropes fit comfortably into a tourists' version of India, and the thematic concerns of the film (grief, forgiveness and release) are profoundly articulated in the best way imaginable: unexpected before the experience, inevitable as we look back.


(p.s. I didn't think I'd think so, but Kudos for the way HOTEL CHEVALIER worked with the film.)