The French Dispatch

The quirky staff of an American magazine based in 1970s France puts out its last issue, with stories featuring an artist sentenced to life imprisonment, student riots, and a kidnapping resolved by a chef.

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Film Cast:

  • Arthur Howitzer, Jr.: Bill Murray
  • Moses Rosenthaler: Benicio del Toro
  • Julian Cadazio: Adrien Brody
  • J. K. L. Berensen: Tilda Swinton
  • Simone: Léa Seydoux
  • Lucinda Krementz: Frances McDormand
  • Zeffirelli B.: Timothée Chalamet
  • Juliette: Lyna Khoudri
  • Roebuck Wright: Jeffrey Wright
  • Le Commissaire: Mathieu Amalric
  • Nescaffier: Steve Park
  • Herbsaint Sazerac: Owen Wilson
  • Uncle Joe: Henry Winkler
  • Uncle Nick: Bob Balaban
  • Upshur ‘Maw’ Clampette: Lois Smith
  • Young Rosenthaler: Tony Revolori
  • Prison Guard: Denis Ménochet
  • T.V. Host: Liev Schreiber
  • Alumna: Elisabeth Moss
  • The Chauffeur: Edward Norton
  • Albert ‘The Abacus’: Willem Dafoe
  • Principal Showgirl: Saoirse Ronan
  • Paul Duval: Christoph Waltz
  • Mrs. B: Cécile de France
  • Mr. B: Guillaume Gallienne
  • Hermès Jones: Jason Schwartzman
  • Drill-Sergeant: Rupert Friend
  • Chou-fleur: Hippolyte Girardot
  • The Narrator (voice): Anjelica Huston
  • Chief Magistrate: Larry Pine
  • Morisot: Alex Lawther
  • Toothpowder Spokesman: Benjamin Lavernhe
  • Head Caterer: Félix Moati
  • Cheery Writer: Wallace Wolodarsky
  • Story Editor: Fisher Stevens
  • Legal Advisor: Griffin Dunne
  • Communications Specialist: Stéphane Bak
  • Proof Reader: Anjelica Bette Fellini
  • Smart Girl: Lily Taïeb
  • Mitch-Mitch: Mohamed Belhadjine
  • Cadet 1: Toheeb Jimoh
  • Vittel: Nicolas Avinée
  • Gigi: Winsen Ait Hellal
  • Mitch-Mitch (On Stage): Tom Hudson
  • Tip-Top: Jarvis Cocker
  • Tip-Top: Bruno Delbonnel
  • TV Reporter: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
  • Police Detective: Damien Bonnard

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Jina Jay
  • Original Music Composer: Alexandre Desplat
  • Executive Producer: Scott Rudin
  • Casting: Antoinette Boulat
  • Story: Wes Anderson
  • Director of Photography: Robert D. Yeoman
  • Casting: Douglas Aibel
  • Costume Design: Milena Canonero
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Craig Berkey
  • Sound: Jean-Paul Mugel
  • Executive Producer: Henning Molfenter
  • Executive Producer: Charlie Woebcken
  • Special Effects Supervisor: Jean-Christophe Magnaud
  • Story: Jason Schwartzman
  • Music Supervisor: Randall Poster
  • Story: Roman Coppola
  • Editor: Andrew Weisblum
  • Stunt Coordinator: Dominique Fouassier
  • Supervising Art Director: Stéphane Cressend
  • Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo
  • Story: Hugo Guinness
  • Producer: Jeremy Dawson
  • Producer: Steven M. Rales
  • Production Design: Adam Stockhausen
  • Hairstylist: Veronique Bosle
  • Executive Producer: Christoph Fisser
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
  • Costume Supervisor: Patricia Colin
  • Line Producer: Frédéric Blum
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Christopher Scarabosio
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Wayne Lemmer
  • Makeup Artist: Frédérique Ney
  • Set Designer: Carine Demongueres
  • Set Designer: Christine Vincent-Genod
  • Art Direction: Loïc Chavanon
  • Co-Producer: Octavia Peissel
  • Visual Effects Producer: Wendy Garfinkle
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Vico Sharabani
  • First Assistant Director: Ben Howard
  • Makeup Supervisor: Fabienne Robineau
  • Makeup Artist: Odile Fourquin
  • Art Direction: Kevin Timon Hill
  • VFX Artist: Emanuele Farnesi
  • Visual Effects Production Manager: Katrina Barton
  • Set Dresser: Mathias Canard
  • Visual Effects: Aarif Attarwala
  • Makeup Artist: Emmanuelle Pombet
  • Makeup Artist: Maya Benamer
  • VFX Artist: Alexander Ha
  • First Assistant Camera: Vincent Scotet
  • Makeup Artist: Aurélie Bouchet
  • Still Photographer: Roger Do Minh
  • Second Assistant Camera: Nicolas Voisin
  • Camera Trainee: Courtney Fehsenfeld

Movie Reviews:

  • Amos3: Yet again a great piece of art!

    “The French Dispatch possesses all of Wes Anderson’s trademark quirks, but this time, even hardcore fans of his unique style will struggle to not feel overwhelmed.

    Every filmmaking department shines in such an impressive manner that one could call this movie a “technical masterpiece” packed with fantastic performances across the board. Unfortunately, the cliche criticism “style over substance” fits this picture too well.

    The infinite amount of Anderson-ish quirks transforms the already uninteresting narrative with emotionally hollow characters into an extremely challenging, hard-to-follow story.

    In four simple words: it’s just too much…”

    Rating: C+

  • r96sk: Impeccably well made, supremely enjoyable.

    This is only the second Wes Anderson film that I’ve seen (fwiw, first was Moonrise Kingdom which I didn’t like all that much *hides*) and now I can better understand the hype that man gets. ‘The French Dispatch’ is quality, plain and simple.

    The ensemble cast are a delight, with many a familiar face spread across each segment and each one of them bringing entertaining performances. Frances McDormand would be my standout performer, closely followed by Benicio del Toro. Though, to be honest, all them are terrific – from Owen Wilson to Adrien Brody to Léa Seydoux to Timothée Chalamet to Jeffrey Wright. Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe and Bill Murray star too. Unreal casting, that!

    Anthology flicks can be hit-and-miss for me personally, though to be fair my predominant previous exposure to them has been via those cheaply made Disney animated sequels from yesteryear so time will tell if that feeling holds. I’m pleased to say here, though, that I thoroughly enjoyed watching one develop. It helps that this release knits the segments together seamlessly, with stunning cinematography, editing et al. Loved the animated part, too.

  • CinemaSerf: I suppose like any newspaper or magazine upon which this compendium effort is based, there are some “articles” more interesting than others – and that’s what this offers. Three elongated features form the centrepieces of this somewhat surreal comedy. As you might expect from Wes Anderson, these stories are eclectic, and delivered well by a cast that were well up for their tasks. My favourite of the three features Frances McDormand and Timothée Chalamet offering us some sort of Hemmingway-esque parody of revolution fought over a chess board – with quite humorous results. Humour is a strong feature of this film. I would say comedy, not so much. One has to pay attention to what is going on to get the best from the acting, the script and, as importantly, the imagery which effortlessly mixes monochrome and colour, and which is also bright, vivacious, and frequently just as informative as the dialogue. It does run out of steam at times, the themes could have been a little more compact, and the two side-stories – especially the travel report with Owen Wilson at the top of the film didn’t work so well for me. I’m not an huge fan of eccentricity – it is all-too-often just hit or miss, but here we have more hits than not, and with a healthy swipe at journalistic values along the way, a bit of romance and some daft antics from a rogue Benicio del Toro, this is certainly worth watching.
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