The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch

  • Directed by Wes Anderson
  • Starring Léa Seydoux, Timothée Chalamet, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton
  • USA | DEU | 108mins | 2021 | rated (15)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 48m

A loving depiction of the vibrant spirit of journalism and another meticulously arranged delight from director Wes Anderson and his all-star cast.

The film starts in 1975, with the death of Kansas-born Arthur Howitzer Jr (Bill Murray; always a delight), the editor of an American magazine that’s been run, for years, from a French city called Ennui-sur-Blasé.

Howitzer’s loyal team want to put together a last edition, one that sums up what made the Dispatch special. In effect, we get to experience four different articles by four different journalists (played by Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Jeffrey Wright).

Anderson has long been a fan of The New Yorker and The French Dispatch is basically his dream version of the magazine. Arthur is a hybrid of two legendary editors, Harold Ross and William Shawn, and is the kind of authority figure all writers dream of having (supportive, wise and willing to pay dubious expenses).

Marking his 10th feature, Anderson’s latest is among his most visually remarkable and crowd-pleasing yet.