Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Because it felt relevant at the time.......

Did you get maced too?

No. I'm crying.

Rita hands Jack a small paper sack. She looks to Francis and Peter. They look back at her blankly. She says to Jack:

What's wrong with you?

Let me think about that. I'll tell you the next time I see you.

Sure. Tell me then.

Thanks for using me.

You're welcome.

~ Scene from The Darjeeling Limited.

Should I start with the wit? But I should not. Maybe it's the loveliness. How not to fall prey to the characters in The Darjeeling Limited. A little bit of yourself in each of the brothers. A little bit of someone you knew from way back when. Francis, Peter and Jack - a composite of everyone you know. But wished you hadn't. So fallible. So lovable.

But just like what Angelica Houston (who plays the trio's mother) said, it's not very attractive feeling sorry for yourself.

Not an essential movie. Certainly not going to be a blockbuster. But heartwarming with an odd aftertaste.

(So did anyone else pick up Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune, which incidentally was sampled by Lamb in their album Between Darkness And Wonder, re-titled as Angelica)

I forgot to add....besides the nicely crafted tale of three brothers who found some semblance of solace in each other while trying their best not to get into the way of each other, you get to see Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman. There's Bill Murray too, making an odd cameo. And for Louis Vuitton fans, you get to see 11 pieces of exclusive Marc Jacobs and Eric Anderson (brother of Director Wes Anderson) co-designed Louis Vuitton luxury luggage. Turns out, Wes and Marc are friends. And if you are wondering how the brothers look so spiffy after getting thrown out of First Class, well, they were wearing LV suits.

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