The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited

Blu-ray Disc - 2010 | Blu-ray edition.
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Three American brothers set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other.
Audience: Rating: PG.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2010]
Edition: Blu-ray edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781604653335
1604653337
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Darje
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
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Language Note: SDH (Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing).

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Three brothers take a train ride through India in an effort to strengthen their bond. Borderline slapstick, The Darjeeling Limited tests each brother from one unrelenting situation to the next. Featuring an incredible cast, The Darjeeling Limited is honest, offbeat and bright.


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KevinJq1
Nov 09, 2020

This might be Andersons' least obsessively-controlled movie, it's much looser and easier to enjoy than some of his other stuff. It's funny and thankfully tones down the sometimes-forced buildup to a flurry of action that occurs at the end of most of his movies (Moonrise Kingdom, Bottle Rocket, Budapest, pretty much all of them).

I've read reviews online recently that have gone back to 2007 and accused this film of cultural appropriation, it's up to interpretation I guess, but I think he's too smart a director for that. It can be studied and critiqued through the lens of 2020 like a film class at Reed might do, but it seems moot to do so.

I think in its own way it satirizes the idea of westerners visiting this part of the world expecting a spiritual awakening or some sort of epiphany. These characters are mostly failures at that anyway, they are fools in a foreign land and they sort of seem to figure that out at the end. I think it works nicely that way. If you've spent time in this part of the world you'll enjoy this.

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mJJLnk7
May 21, 2020

I was going to see it, heard that song, and forgot to watch.
And where are u going, my darling/ when yer alone in your bed/ please tell me the thoughts that surround you...nah, don't, but it sounds good.

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2019

Agree with Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave 3.5 out of 4, calling the film's Indian context as one of its main highlights. Ebert singled out Anderson's script, which, according to Ebert, "uses India not in a touristy way, but as a backdrop that is very, very there." Per wiki, "Much of the film was shot in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Himalaya scenes were shot in Udaipur, and the opening scene of the film was also shot on the streets of Jodhpur." More in the bonus documentary "Darjeeling Limited walking tour featurette." And if interested in how Portman fits in this neo-Oriental comedy, watch "part 1 of The Darjeeling Limited" first.

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matcat44
Jun 27, 2019

Very slow, kept waiting for something to happen.

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candlesticktroughs
Feb 27, 2019

i liked the cast but i got freaked out over the scene where a young native boy is killed, and the consequent close-up of his body as he is being handed up to somebody. to this day, i don't know if he really died or was just a good 'dead' actor, jejune. either way, i did not like the visual, just as i did not enjoy the overhead-helicopter shot of michael jackson being loaded into an ambulance outside his mansion. he was on a stretcher before they loaded him into the vehicle for transport to the hospital. i said to myself, 'why? i've never seen anyone look so dead, outside of a morgue.'/ For THE DARJEELING LIMITED, there had been a lot of silly interaction between the lead actors, which was at least mildly enjoyable, but after the young fella was killed, these interactions fell flat for me.

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Melidag
Feb 24, 2019

I love Wes Anderson's work and the actors were amazing but somehow, the story just didn't do it for me.

It is interesting, reading the other comments on this movie. To an extent, people seem to be divided into those who worship Wes Anderson's movies, and those who despise them. Me, I am somewhere in the middle. I really enjoyed "Sunrise Kingdom," and "The Royal Tenenbaums." However, the "Darjeeling Express," is just too incoherent and far-fetched for me. I just cannot imagine more than 5% of what happens in the movie happening in "real life."

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rui89x
May 01, 2018

Pandering to an exotic idea of India as somewhere westerners go to have spiritual experiences, Wes Anderson continues the tradition of 'orientalism' few people accept without reservations or complete ignorance in their folly to be wise. Beautiful cinematography. Zero plot. Like an homage to Somerset Maugham and Samuel Beckett but doing neither justice. A picture painted to exploit artists and recognize artisans in a foreign land. Lots of activity but nothing happens. Fail better.

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BPDaegan
Oct 15, 2017

Not my brand of humor -- that is assuming this was supposed to be comedic. I couldn't connect with the characters -- while they have their quirks, which give some texture, what I found that stood out the most was that they were shallow and self-serving; any awareness or growth these brothers are supposed to be coming to all seems superficial. If I wanted shallow, self-serving, and/or superficial I'd hang out with 50% of the people in Freeland, 75% of the people in Langley, 84% of the people in SeattHell, 85% of the people in BHellevue, 90+% of the people in California, or 95+% of people in HolloWood. Fortunately there are better things to do and more meaningful experiences in life to be had than viewing this film -- shut it off, return it to the library, or better yet .... bin it.

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maipenrai
Dec 15, 2016

EXCELLENT CAST, BUT THE FILM WAS DISAPPOINTING TO ME. TWO PAWS UP FROM ABBY TABBY AND KRISTI

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kn528
Mar 06, 2018

Sexual Content: The bonus material contains nudity and sex. The main movie has racy scenes without nudity but sex is implied.

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Bruinfan
Nov 06, 2008

Sexual Content: one scene

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Bruinfan
Nov 06, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Bruinfan
Nov 06, 2008

Coarse Language: a few bad words, here and there

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2019

I want us to make this trip a spiritual journey... where each of us seek the unknown and we learn about it. Can we agree to that?
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I want us to be completely open and say yes to everything... even if it's shocking and painful. Can we agree to that?
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Train stops first thing tomorrow morning for an hour and 45 minutes... which is just enough time for a quick visit to Temple of a Thousand Bulls... probably one of the most spiritual places in the entire world.
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The flight boards in 25 minutes. Let's set aside the next 10 minutes to use as free time. Do a little shopping, have a snack, make a phone call. And then we'll meet in the bathroom next to that statue over there... about a quarter after. Get cleaned up, brush your teeth, have a shave or what have you... and in our last five minutes we'll sit quietly in that little shrine over there... say a prayer and think about everything we've been through.

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2019

What are you doing in this place? Well, originally, I guess we came here on a spiritual journey... but that didn't really pan out.
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I'll tell you the next time I see you.
-Sure. Tell me then.
Thanks for using me.

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She's living in a convent in the foothills of the Himalayas. We'll be there in six days.
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"'Whatever happens in the end, ' she said... "'I don't want to lose you as my friend.'
"He looked into her eyes. 'I promise I will never be your friend, no matter what, ever.'
"Her voice cracked. 'If we fxck, I'm going to feel like shit tomorrow.'
"'That's okay with me, ' he said...
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I'm sorry we lost your father. We'll never get over it, but it's okay. There are greater forces at work. Yes, the past happened. But it's over, isn't it?

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DavidB
Jul 22, 2009

I guess I still have a lot more healing to do.

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Jun 07, 2008

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