The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch

2021 film by Wes Anderson
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The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun is a 2021 American comedy-drama anthology film written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson from a story he conceived with Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, and Jason Schwartzman. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. Its plot follows three different storylines as the French foreign bureau of a fictional Kansas newspaper creates its final issue.

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  • July 12, 2021 (2021-07-12) (Cannes)
  • October 22, 2021 (2021-10-22) (United States)
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103 minutes
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United States
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Nescaffier: Seeking something missing, missing something left behind. Roebuck Wright: Maybe with good luck, we'll find what eluded us in the places we once called home.
  • Adam Stockhausen was responsible for the production design of The French Dispatch. Stockhausen and his team began the scouting process using Google Maps, looking for promising locations before visiting them in person. Stockhausen and Anderson envisioned a town which "felt like Paris but not as it is today - more a sort of memory of Paris, the Paris of Jacques Tati." The team eventually settled on Angoulême.
  • Fisher Stevens and Griffin Dunne played brothers on Season 17 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 -)
  • The animated segments of The French Dispatch were directed by Gwenn Germain, who previously worked on Anderson's Isle of Dogs. As a nod to Angoulême's comic heritage, the sequences were done entirely by local illustrators. The team comprised a maximum of 15 people, using The Adventures of Tintin and Blake and Mortimer as their main inspirations. The process took about seven months to complete.
  • When Timothée Chalamet is in the bathtub with a towel wrapped around his head, Wes Anderson is channeling the image of the famous French painting, The Death of Marat. The 1793 painting depicts the murdered French revolutionary, Jean-Paul Marat. Chalamet's character in the movie, is a pseudo, French revolutionary. Like Marat, Chalamet, is writing in the tub.
  • The town's name 'Ennui' translates to 'boredom' from French to English

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