In the (fictional) 1960s provincial French town of Ennui-Sur-Blasé, a maverick group of American writers put together a cultural newspaper supplement, The French Dispatch. Across an anthology of stories, the paper’s art critic tells the story of a convicted murderer whose prison guard is his muse and model; a political writer investigates the town’s revolutionary political scene and ends up having an affair with its leader; and a reporter recounts his attempt to interview the local police department chief (and chef), which ends up with him witnessing the kidnapping of the police commissioner’s son.
As usual with Anderson’s films, The French Dispatch is a whirlwind of meticulous period detail, striking design, pinpoint dialogue and a fabulous score, with a wonderful cast of big names in everything from lead roles to blink-andyou-miss-it cameos. A must-watch curtain-raiserfor our new season.
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