The new film by Wes anderson, The French Dispatch, which brings together small stories of the writing of a newspaper, arising after the death of its director, was exhibited in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
With a few exceptions, Anderson always makes the same movie – it’s inevitable. This time he even goes beyond himself and fills this work with his comic postcards, in which the characters are little more than puppets in a papier-mâché theater.
In this film, the director worked, as usual, with an impressive number of actors: Benicio del Toro, Francesc McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Timothée Chalamet, Mathieu Amalric, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber and many others, including Léa Seydoux, who plays “a multi-layered woman.”
Timothée Chalamet and Bill Murray, on the red carpet. AP Photo
It is “a love letter to journalists, set in an American newspaper outpost in a fictional 20th-century French city,” Anderson described.
The word of the director
He added that “it is not an easy story to understand”, but speaks of an American journalist based in France, who creates a magazine.
“Anyway, it is not a film about press freedom, but when you talk about journalists, you also talk about what happens in the real world,” he clarified.
A selected one. Jarvis Cocker, Hippolyte Girardot, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro, Wes Anderson, Adrien Brody, Alexandre Desplat, and Owen Wilson. AFP photo
The film tells of small stories of the relationship of this medium, which come to light on the occasion of the death of the director of the publication (played by Bill Murray). It is a collection of stories published in the homonymous The French Dispatch, set in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé.
The film is inspired by Anderson’s love for him. The New Yorker and some characters and events are based on real events.
One of the plots is centered on the protests of the student occupation of the French May, inspired by the article by Mavis Gallant The events in May: A Paris Notebook, while another story, perhaps the most shocking, with the character of Julien Cadazio (Adrien Brody), is based on The Days of Duveen, edited by the The New Yorker, about the art merchant Lord Duveen.
Tilda Swinton, with her back turned, and Benicio del Toro arriving at the Palais Des Festivals. AP Photo
Among the discoveries of this merchant is that of a psychopathic artist (Benicio del Toro), who works from prison amid many difficulties and tricks.
On The French Dispatch, and it could not be otherwise, there is also the American look, a little paternalistic and indulgent, on the “strange Europe”.
The super cast includes the French Léa Seydoux who, as she was positive for Covid-19, had to cancel her presence at the festival of which she is practically the star, with more than four films in the programming.
Adrien Brody ignores protocol, and takes a selfie. AFP photo
In statements to DeadlineThe actress said that in the film she plays Simone, “a very severe jail guard who becomes the inspiring muse of the imprisoned artist Moses Rosenthaler (Del Toro).”
She added that “while Simone is very strict as a guard, she revels in the freedom she feels when posing nude for the artist’s abstract paintings.”
Owen Wilson, a Wes Anderson stalwart. AP Photo
“Mine is not a very important part,” he said, “although the very nature of The French Dispatch, with its mosaic of stories and stars, means that nowhere is. “
“Anyway, Simone is a concentrate of everything. She is funny, very funny; deep, very cold, but also very emotional. In short, she has many layers,” he concluded.