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(2021) (Frances McDormand, Benicio Del Toro) (R)

At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Heavy

Dramedy: Several human-interest stories make up the latest French dispatch of an American newspaper.

It's the 1970s and the American ex-pat staff of The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun is preparing the obituary for the founding editor, Arthur Howitzer, Jr. (BILL MURRAY). The edition will include a travel section -- reported by bicycling journalist Herbsaint Sazerac (OWEN WILSON) -- about the various notable parts of the town of Ennui-sur-Blasé.

That's followed by three stories. The first is narrated by Dispatch reporter J.K.L. Berensen (TILDA SWINTON) who tells the tale of imprisoned murderer Moses Rosenthaler (BENICIO DEL TORO) who uses one of the prison's guards, Simone (LEA SEYDOUX), as both his nude model and his muse. His work has drawn the interest of fellow inmate Julian Cadazio (ADRIEN BRODY) who'd like to pay for his work, much like art collector Upshur 'Maw' Clampette (LOIS SMITH).

The second story revolves around Lucinda Krementz (FRANCES McDORMAND) who's reporting on student protests, notably involving Zeffirelli (TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET) and his girlfriend, Juliette (LYNA KHOUDRI). And the third is told by journalist Roebuck Wright (JEFFREY WRIGHT) about Gigi (WINSTON AIT HELLAL), the 6-year-old son of the police Commissaire (MATHIEU AMALRIC) who's been kidnapped by a band of criminals and the efforts of the authorities -- including police chef Nescaffier (STEPHEN PARK) -- to get the boy back.

If they're fans of films by director Wes Anderson, they probably will.
For graphic nudity, some sexual references and language.

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