A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down -- which might not be such a bad thing. Written by
After filming was completed, Kara Hayward got to keep the kitten owned in the film by her character Suzy, and Jared Gilman got to keep the backpack used by his character Sam. See more »
When Scout Master Ward asks "Who's missing?", there are nine scouts at breakfast mess and one empty chair (at around 42 mins), but there are eleven scouts in Troop 55. In addition to Sam, Lazy Eye is also missing from the mess table. He reappears (at around 15 mins) when ten scouts and Scout Master Ward peer into Sam's tent. See more »
[during a storm]
I hope the roof flies off and I get sucked up into space.
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It's 1965 and pre teen pen pals, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara
Heywood) agree to run away from home and meet up a year after meeting
for the first time. While the two of them head off into the wilderness
of Suzy's twelve mile long home island a search party that includes
Island Policeman Bruce Willis, Scout leader Edward Norton, Suzy's
parents Bill Murray and Frances McDormand and Sam's fellow Scouts set
about trying to hunt the eloping children down in the days preceding a
I should say from the outset that I am a huge Wes Anderson fan and have
absolutely loved all of his films with the exception of Fantastic Mr
Fox so I went in expecting great things. My expectations were matched
and even perhaps exceeded. I loved this film. Anderson sets up Suzy's
home life in a fantastic opening sequence which features some exquisite
tracking shots through the family home. Before anything is said it is
already obvious to the audience that Suzy is a loner who longs for
something bigger, something more. Her parents do not get on and are
never even seen in the same room, let alone talking to each other. She
has three younger brothers who appear to get along very well. Her house
is large and well furnished, indicating wealth if not happiness. All of
this is established in one long sequence of beautiful camera movements
which last no longer than a couple of minutes. Sam's life with his
Scout troupe is shown in a similar manner although it soon becomes
apparent that he has already escaped in search of his love, Suzy.
One of the things I love about all of Anderson's films is that you
could turn on the TV at pretty much any moment during any of his films
and within a few moments be sure that you are watching a Wes Anderson
film. His style is very distinctive and it's all over his latest work.
The shots are framed to perfection and each camera movement feels
measured but not forced. There is a vague pastel and brown tint to
everything which matches the film's period setting. Everything from the
sets to the characters also feels slightly off centre and as though
they inhabit the same world as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling
Limited. Anderson not only creates his own world for each film but his
films feel somehow connected and as though they too inhabit the same
slightly odd world.
The plot is absolutely delightful and sweet. It's such a touching and
loving story which also feels like a love letter to the children's
adventure books of which Suzy reads throughout the film. Though they
read these books, the children long for an adventure of their own and
have finally embarked on one. The characters are equally enchanting.
Sam and Suzy are somehow both old beyond their years but also very much
still children. They have obvious intelligence and wisdom but convey it
through a child's eyes. They are on the cusp of adulthood but somewhere
in between. The acting of Hayward and Gilman is superb and again both
feel both older than they are but also very child like. They are great.
The adult characters are also great without exception. Bruce Willis is
a sad and lonely cop who patrols a quiet island and although he has his
faults is very kind and caring. Edward Norton is an exemplary leader
who also has a big heart while Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, both
lawyers, talk to each other using mostly legal language and although
are not really in love with each other, care a lot for their children
and want the best for them. There are also small cameos from Jason
Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel and Tilda Swinton, all three of which were
welcome and provided something. The adult cast on the whole was
The score goes perfectly with the on screen action and features a
mixture of militaristic marching music, classical and 60s pop. They
somehow all work together and help to push the story on to it's
frenetic final act.
This is a film with a big heart, lovely story and plenty of laughs.
Although I only just saw it I already can't wait to see it again. It's
everything you'd expect from a Wes Anderson film but as well as being
unusual, wacky and nice to look at also has a sweet story about
adolescence, growing up and first love.
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