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A prologue of one heart-breaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in The Darjeeling Limited (2007).

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Grief? Depression? Ambiguity in a Paris hotel room. Jack Whitman lies on a bed, ordering a grilled cheese sandwich from room service. His phone rings; it's a woman on her way to see him, a surprise. He readies the room, moving without affect, drawing a bath, changing his clothes. She arrives, as does the food, and the complications of their relationship emerge in bits and pieces. He invites her out on the balcony to see his view. Will they make love? Is the relationship over? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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The movie playing on the television is Stalag 17 (1953), which is about a group of WWII POWs orchestrating an escape from the camp. See more »

Quotes

Jack: [answers ringing phone] Hello?
Ex-girlfriend: Hi. I'm on my way from the airport, and the front desk won't give me your room number.
[long pause]
Ex-girlfriend: What's your room number?
Jack: 403.
Ex-girlfriend: See you in half an hour.
Jack: Wait a second.
Ex-girlfriend: What?
Jack: Where are you?
Ex-girlfriend: I'm here.
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Pavane pour une infante défunte - for Piano
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Pascal Rogé
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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a fantastic snapshot of a relationship
26 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the things i've always liked about Wes Anderson is how well he can subtly imply certain characteristics or histories in a dry sort of humor. This film accomplishes that in a more pronounced scale than a longer film might have.

Jason Schwartzman is great, perhaps the stronger of the two performances, although Natalie Portman is not to be dismissed here.

Without giving anything away, the film accomplishes its goal of setting a mood and not forcing itself to tell the entire history - something too many other directors might have tried in a 13 minute time span and thus sacrificed most if not all of the actual feeling behind the couple's reunion.

I rate this a ten out of ten - a great short, and even though i'm a big fan of Wes Anderson's, i'm glad he didn't over-stylize it. It's simplistic, humorous, and yet bitter-sweet and thoroughly enjoyable.


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