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Wes Anderson reigns benevolent over Moonrise Kingdom

Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis star in the cult director's latest quirky comedy



Shot on super 16-millimeter and set mainly inside a 15-mile radius, this fairy-tale period piece is Wes Anderson's most intimate film since Bottle Rocket (1996) and maybe his most deeply felt overall. It takes place in 1965 on a fictional island called New Penzance, where a 12-year-old orphan runs away from scout camp with a morose girl he considers his soul mate. A group of adults—the girl's parents (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand), the boy's scout master (Edward Norton), a local sheriff (Bruce Willis)—organize a search and in the process coalesce into a little family of lonely depressives. As usual, Anderson's densely imagined mise-en-scene contains many allusions to movies, music, and literature (Benjamin Britten's orchestral work being a key touchstone); what's different this time is that most of the cultural references grow naturally from the characterization.

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Moonrise Kingdom

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Director: Wes Anderson

Producer: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, Sam Hoffman and Mark Roybal

Cast: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bob Balaban, Lucas Hedges, Charlie Kilgore, Andreas Sheikh, Chandler Frantz, Rob Campbell, L.J. Foley, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Tommy Nelson, Larry Pine, Marianna Bassham, Neal Huff and Eric Anderson

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