Wednesday, November 07, 2012


The new WES ANDERSON story is set in 1965, on an idyllic New England island called New Penzance. Twelve-year-old Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is an orphan who is attending a "Khaki Scout" summer camp, Camp Ivanhoe, led by Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton). Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) lives on the island with her attorney parents—Walt (Bill Murray) and Laura (Frances McDormand) — and three younger brothers in a house called Summer's End. Sam and Suzy met the previous summer during a church performance of Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten, and they remained pen pals over the following year. They made a secret pact to reunite the following summer and run away together. Sam brings camping equipment, and Suzy brings six books, her cat, and a record player. They spend several days hiking and camping together in the wilderness with the goal of reaching a secluded cove on the island, which they name Moonrise Kingdom. They dance on the beach and their young romance blossoms. Suzy's parents, the police, and the Scout master eventually find them at the cove...  (whole plot here)

In every Wes Anderson's movies (from "Rushmore" to "The Royal Tenenbaums" till "The Darjeeling Limited") costumes play a vital role and help giving the story such a retro and daydream allure. In this last movie, thanks to the mastery work made by costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone ("Amelia", "Capote", "MoneyBall" and "The Adjustment Bureau"), we can breath this strange, suspended feeling that drifts during the whole movie, as everything keep being in the balance  . From this '60s inspired wardrobe we have lots to choose: the electric blue cape shaped coat worn by "soacial assistant" Tilda Swinton, the other pink little coat of young lover Suzy as well her A-shaped dresses always worn with sock and bowling shoes (my favorite is the yellow one with white peter pan collar and cuffs) and we can't forget all those "boy scouts" inspired stuff: pins, shorts, caps, foulard,  backpacks, compass and binoculars.

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