The Darjeeling Limited : Symbolism Revealed (2008)

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  1. chezzy62

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    The Darjeeling Limited is not intended for everyone, and will surely be disliked by many movie critics. To capture the true beauty of The Darjeeling, you must understand the symbols presented throughout the film. There is a large amount of symbolism in this movie, but the 3 main elements are: the 3 feathers, the belt, and all of the suitcases carried by the brothers. Each object carries a symbolic message, which can be viewed upon close interpretation of the film.

    Each brother is presented with a feather. These feathers can represent different things; but one of them is they way you feel about the way life is going. When they perform the ritual, we can clearly see that each brother feels differently about the way their life is going. Francis Whitman (Owen Wilson) performs the ritual correctly, symbolizing that he is excited about his future, and will keep his past in the back of his mind (burying the feather under a rock). Francis feels that his spiritual journey will change him for the better. Peter Witman (Adrien Brody) does not feel the same way about his life. Not only doesn't he burry the feather, but he keeps it. This symbolizes the feeling of being incomplete. With a baby expected in the next 6 weeks, he feels uneasy and confused, not sure where his life is going. Peter is scared to let go of his past, and move forward. He fears a major change in his life, and is afraid to break out of his comfort zone, so he keeps the feather. Finally, Jack Whitman (Jason Schwartzman) lets the feather get blown away by the wind. This represents unhappiness and anger. Jack wants to forget his past, and to start a new life. He does not want to get involved in conversations, and writes short stories to help him move in the right direction (seeking happiness). The stories were described by Peter to have an angry nature. But the wind can only take a feather so far, and Jack will eventually have to confront his feelings in order to move on.

    Francis carries a valuable belt, which represents love. The belt carries old, loving memories of his past; and at times, he gave the belt to Peter, ready to leave his old memories behind in order to create new ones. However, when Francis feels unhappy/depressed/angry, he seeks the old love again by taking the belt away from Peter. This happens a few times throughout the movie, symbolizing that Peter is not yet ready to give up a material object of love. Whenever Francis gives his belt to Peter permanently, it is a symbol that he is happy, and has created new loving memories on his journey. He is also passing his love down to Peter, who is in desperate need of it. As one would say, "Let the belt work for you as it did for me".

    One more element of symbolism in The Darjeeling Limited are the suitcases of the brothers. All of the suitcase represents the past lives of the Whitman brothers. Whether it be happy, sad, or neutral memories. Whenever they travel, they always keep their suitcases close-by. However, as they experience a spiritual change towards the end of the movie, they don't need their past anymore. While running to catch a train, they all throw their suitcases on the ground, leaving them behind. This is the turning point of The Darjeeling, symbolizing that all 3 brothers have experienced a spiritual change, and are ready to make new lives for themselves. Shortly after, they perform the feather ritual together correctly, a symbol of true change.

    The Darjeeling Limited is a movie based on symbolism, with a message behind each line, character, and event. You may have to re-watch the movie to gain the intended insight of the director. But The Darjeeling is meant to be a work of art, not an entertaining film. It is a symbol of life, and the things we do as a people in order to change our own.
     
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    I saw this a couple of months ago. Strange movie but it was entertaining. I definately dont think it is for everyone. A couple of people I saw it with hated it.
     
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    Seen a trailer for it a while ago. Might have to check it out.
     
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    I liked Darjeeling, I found it a nice change from the typical blockbuster movie, plus I like the director's quirkiness.

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    Wes Anderson Movie rankings.
    1) Royal Tannenbaums (Top 20 Movie)
    2) Rushmore
    3) Darjeeling
    4) Bottle Rocket
    5) Steve Zissou.
     
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    Love wes anderson.

    I agree with ^ rankings for the most part.
     
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    I saw bottle rocket last night. For his first movie it was pretty good but I am a huge wes anderson fan. Rushmore has to be my favorite.
     
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    love wes anderson as well...though i'd have to say the life aquatic is my favorite
     
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    I wanted to see this movie when it came out to theaters, but no one wanted to go with me, and by the time that I got the courage to go on my own it was to late... the movie had been replaced. But I did manage to see Hotel Chivalier. I really liked that little mini movie thing, so yea I can't wait to finally see The Darjeeling Limited. I have looked everywhere for it, but can't find it anywear. I even tryed looking for it at a Block Busters and even a Hollywood Video and found nothing.
     
  10. Easily one of my favorite movies of all time. It meant a lot to me. :hs:
     
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    I liked Bottle Rocket best
     
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    I rented it a good three times from blockbuster. Sometimes it's hard to tell what genre they put a movie in so just ask at the front and they'll find it for you or call before hand and they will have it up front. I'd just buy it or dl it from a torrent if you have the option because it's definately something you can watch over and over. The cinematography is beautiful, and it's both funny and heart warmming.
     
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    the suitcases, otherwise known as "baggage" was pretty easy to pick up on.
     

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