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The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson

One more to the Catching Up section.

I have never been to India, but couldn’t escape the impression that the presented world is very far from how India actually looks.

As I found out later reading the trivia section on IMDB page, I was right. Apparently the vast majority of the first draft of the script was written without the writer ever going to India.

The world presented is an idyllic vision of India which is colourful, stylised and incredibly clean.

It tells the story of three brothers; Francis, Peter and Jack (apparently named after Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Jack Nicholson) who take upon a spiritual journey, which term is quoted enough times to make sure that the audience knows it to be irony.

The three brothers are Owen Wilson (since watching ‘Midnight in Paris’, I will always perceive him as Woody Allen), Adrien Brody (he is an amazing comedian!), Jason Schwartzman (barefoot again – just like in ‘I <3 Huckabee’ – will need to investigate whether this is a permanent feature…).  Natalie Portman is a girlfriend in an episodic role – in fantastic shape with short boyish haircut.

Great smart comedy with amazing colours, interior design and a play with convention. Recommend!

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No Strings Attached v. Friends with Benefits – a comparison

Two films made in the same year – after the triumphant record of Oscar nominations for Black Swan with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The two actresses separated after the film, where they played two dancers competing for the leading role in the ballet and then both took part in two identical projects. The two films have to be looked at together given they treat the same concept – of physical relationships without actual personal or emotional involvement.

Very surprisingly, it was the film with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake that had any depth at all. I was very surprised that Natalie Portman agreed to take a shallow and flat role of the character in No Strings Attached alongside Ashton Kutcher. None of the two films had my expectations high, or should I say I had absolutely no expectiations. Yet Friends with Benefits is a quite ok film, whereas No Strings Attached is a total kitschy flop.

Dear readers – do not watch any of the two films, but if you really want to, pick Friends with Benefits.

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