A brilliant masterpiece, a great work of art, not just a film! Elegant, classy and witty! You can find it online to rent or buy it on streaming. In original English and French languages. At some glances, it almost looks like a theatre play. It seems to be taken back to the times of the Nouvelle Vague of Truffaut and Godard.

Every image is like a live painting, the photography is majestic. The master has really made me laugh and be emotional at the same time with his latest movie “The French Dispatch” 2021. Some scenes are in black and white, but most of it in beautiful pastel colours. With an amazing cast of important actors and actresses like; Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, Saoirse Ronan, Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Mathieu Amalric and many more….

This movie tells the story of the French Dispatch a weekly American magazine, written in Ennui, France. This place does not really exist, and this is one of the wonderful things about it. This long-length, covers different chapters, according to the sections of the written magazine. Which discusses art, revolution and politics, in a bohémienne imaginary world.

In the first part of it, we see a degenerated artist looked up in jail, represented by Benicio del Toro, for having committed murder. Although he is still allowed to paint and has as his muse one of the female guards of the incarcerating facility. A beautiful young lady, with whom he has an affair as well. Amongst the arrested fellows, for tax evasion; there is Adrien Brody, a French gentleman and family member of art collectors, his uncles and his mother. He gets obsessed with the artist’s artwork and tries in many ways to make his work known to the rest of the world, but this painter and killer do not care, about being liked by other people, or about popularity. On the contrary, he tries in different ways to create big obstacles for the ‘poor’ man, who goes through a great deal of despair and tragedy, waiting 3 years for a collection of artworks, which will be an excellent surprise for everyone, awaiting the day to see the new collection of the ‘crazy’ painter!

In the second part of the movie, in another chapter, we see an elderly lady, a copywriter, having an affair with a young bourgeoisie writer. There is youth, a revolution, a manifesto, and a great deal of conflict with the ‘French’ authorities, trying to reprise the youth’s revolution. Fighting them back with amazing fireworks! The conflict between gender and love is visible in the story, on the screen, in the first love, the loss of virginity, and the non-correspondent loves that become the birth of conflict and attraction at the same time. Young intellectuals seem to be living in the 1980s but in the context of the bohémienne French revolution. Resembles the romantic and dramatic poetry revolution of Charles Baudelaire and his comrades. In one part in particular, a scene accompanied by one of the songs of the beloved Charles Aznavour, with “J’en dèduis que je t’aime” ... Youth, fight, loss and suicide. So contemporary!

The last part talks about the son of a police commissaire being kidnapped, an Asian army cook working for his family, and a group of rebels and other revolutionaries of the ‘French’ outsiders and the lower class, against the upper class. Socialism, fighting against the bourgeoisie and trying to break and change the system!

I don’t want to tell you everything about the movie, and its funny or sad parts! Just please go watch it!

In this movie, it is central the image of the writer, the artist that is depicted in many different ways, the genius, the one living out of the drawn lines of society. The loner, the important figure of the female writer is also emphasized, choosing a life of loneliness, unmarried and without children.

All of it because, maybe the children of artists are their own creations, and the one of the artists, is a life, of great solitude and sacrifice, all for Art of Art’s sake.

A truly 800’s bohémienne artwork. I would watch it over and over again. One of the best movies I have watched in my life until now and one of my favourites from now on.

Thank you, Wes Anderson!