The Road at the Time of the Crisis | screening four
curated by pasqualecicchetti
Director: Wes Anderson
Duration: 91 minutes
An offbeat adventure set in the Indian subcontinent, The Darjeeling Limited presents yet another tale of self-discovery, punctuated by paradoxical twists.
Wes Anderson’s quirky take on the genre revolves around the story of three brothers. Following the death of their father, the Whitmans ride the Darjeeling Limited, a lively luxury train travelling across India, in a supposedly spiritual journey planned by their eldest brother Francis. The unlikely trio go through a carousel of encounters and tragicomic adventures, until eventually they manage to leave behind their weighty baggage - both literally and figuratively - and reunite.
Clearly devised as a national allegory (see the characters’ name), The Darjeeling Limited retrieves the thrill of the ‘move beyond’ which belongs to the tradition of the road genre. Its delivery of the trope, however, is wrapped up in Anderson’s distinctive film-making style, which makes it hard to discern the difference between parody and sincerity, between laughter and nostalgia. The result is a cunning mixture of hope and bitter-sweet resignation. Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, the film won the Little Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2007.
Date and time of event: 2/10/2012, 9pm.
Ticket Prices: £6 (£5 Students)
Venue: The Byre Theatre of St Andrews, Abbey St, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LA
t: 01334 475000
f: 01334 475370
(thanks to evaunderwater for posting the picture)