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Directed by Wes Anderson

United States 2004 119 mins.

Inspired by the world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Anderson’s comedy/drama stars Anderson regular Bill Murray as the eponymous Zissou, a famed but down-on-his-luck oceanographer and filmmaker working on a new project. When the mysterious “Jaguar Shark” devours his devoted friend (Seymour Cassel), Zissou sets out to make a documentary of the destruction of a terrifying creature that may or may not exist. Meanwhile, his wife Eleanor (Anjelica Huston) is carrying on with Zissou’s biggest rival, an inquisitive reporter (Cate Blanchett) is on his case, and an Air Kentucky pilot (Owen Wilson) turns up insisting that they are father and son. Part parody and part homage to Cousteau, The Life Aquatic rewards the viewer willing to venture into a zany, below-the-surface world.

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