The Darjeeling Limited. 2007. USA. Directed by Wes Anderson. Screenplay by Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman. With Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman. DCP. 91 min.
A year after the death of their father, and in an effort to reconnect with their chronically distant mother, Francis (Owen Wilson) leads his two reluctant brothers (Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) on a “spiritual journey” through the Indian countryside. Despite the film’s elaborate on-location sequences in bustling Indian cities and temples, The Darjeeling Limited is among Anderson’s more intimate works. Anderson’s trademark tracking shots feel more kinetic and spontaneous here, particularly on the train car that was constructed as a moving set, and the chaotic movement of the three brothers, both physically and emotionally, results in an affecting road movie about the limits of brotherhood and commitment to family.