101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far)

Three child prodigies; a father, Royal, devoted to dissipation; and a memoirist/archeologist mother, Etheline—these are the broken pieces of the family Tenenbaum. The movie, a kind of comic novel in the visual language of film, complete with omniscient narrator, “is keenly aware that divorce is a unique hurt, different from other types of loss because it doesn’t strike out of the blue,” writes Matt Stoller Zeitz in his book of essays, The Wes Anderson Collection.