Brothers Francis, Peter and Jack (played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brodie and Jason Schwartzman respectively) come back into each others lives on the luxury Indian train, Darjeeling Limited. A worthy snapshot into what riding the rails in India is like in the best circumstances, the flick carries a lot more than just a cool matching luggage set and amazing shots of the inside of the cars.
The brothers have grown apart through the years and this trip, organized by Francis, is a way to reconnect. The only thing that actually stands in the way of this is their (lack of) ability to trust each other. The audience is taken on a similar journey as the brothers deceive each other before they realize that this sojourn wouldn't have been the same without each other. After multiple threats from the Chief Steward of being kicked off the train for misbehavior, Francis, Peter and Jack begin to trust each other and grow to enjoy the company of the others.
Francis then reveals his ulterior motive of the trip, which is to visit their estranged mother (played by Angelica Houston) who failed to make an appearance at their father's funeral and instead opted to live in a convent at the base of the Himalayas. After some heated discussion, further fighting and their removal from the train, the brothers decide to continue on to their destination, but not before an emotional stop at a small village.
We will leave the rest for you to experience on your own, since this film is definitely on our top ten list for excellent travel-related flicks. With plenty of layers of lessons to take to heart, 'The Darjeeling Limited' is truly art imitating life even though the rail line may be fictional (it's loosely based on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway).
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