Showroom Cinema: Wes Anderson film that is described as a ‘love letter to journalists’

The latest film from American auteur Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, has been described as a ‘love letter to journalists’.

Thursday, 21st October 2021, 6:00 am
The French Dispatch.
The French Dispatch.

Anderson once again brings together a cast of ensemble stars of Hollywood and beyond, including Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson in a charming yarn about American journalists writing for a newspaper at a French outpost called Ennui-sur-Blasé (translated as Boredom-on-Blasé). The film is inspired by Anderson’s own love of The New Yorker magazine, with several characters and events in the film based on real-life equivalents. The film’s story brings to life a collection of tales, each one published in the paper titled, The French Dispatch.

With Wes Anderson currently living in Paris, it’s little surprise that he turned his attention to his new home, with the fictional grand city at the heart of the film being as stereotypically French as its name implies. A chronicle of a magazine between 1950 to 1970, the story takes place as The French Dispatch releases its latest issue, with its separate segments each reflecting an individual article. While the stories touch upon serious and complex subject matter, including social unrest, racism, and organised crime, Anderson’s touch remains light and accessible. The film is split into distinct segments with overarching themes helping to tie the film together.

Those familiar with the films of Wes Anderson will recognise much of his signature style: balanced compositions, snap-zooms and hand-made miniatures feature throughout, in a look similar to his earlier work like Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). The French Dispatch is a funny, whimsical character-driven caper with an emphasis on zany, oddball personalities across three distinct stories. The film first went into production in 2018 and was due to premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 restrictions, the film’s release at the festival was delayed several times until it finally screened this summer. The French Dispatch recently showed as part of the touring programme for the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival, with a single sold-out screening at the Showroom. After a long wait, we’re excited to finally be able to show the latest whimsical and charming film from one of America’s most unique and recognisable working filmmakers.

The French Dispatch is at Showroom Cinema from Friday October 22. Tickets are on sale now at showroomworkstation.org.uk.