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The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 written and directed by Wes Anderson is a wry comedy about a father Royal Tenenbaum who leaves his three precocious child geniuses Chas Richie and Margot and their mother only to return twenty two years later However his abrupt absence was the beginning of two decades of betrayal and failure that would scar the Tenenbaums for life Their past resentments are bitterly held against Royal when he suddenly reappears claiming to have six weeks to live and a desire to reconnect with his family Typically Royals story is a charade but his presence and sincere desire for forgiveness soon have a profound effect on the Tenenbaums who are each dealing with dissatisfied desires and relationships The films use of third person omniscient narrator symbolism and numerous important characters help illustrate its themes specifically family dysfunction the individual desire to make amends and the importance of maintaining togetherness The films point of view third person omniscient helps exemplify themes of family dysfunction and the desire to make amends In this type of narration the audience is all knowing We see all the characters actions We are aware of each characters feelings and emotions And most importantly we know more than the characters do For example the audience knows about Margots past before other characters Richie and Margots recent husband find out from a private investigator her twenty-two year smoking addiction early marriage to a Jamaican recording artist and general depression Another instance is when Royal tells his family that he is dying The audience is aware that Royal hires assistance Pagoda and Dusty to help him beguile his family into believing that he only has six weeks to live However the rest of the family is not of aware of Royals selfish trickery until Henry Ethylene Tenenbaums fianc foils Royals scheme Furthermore by knowing all the characters thoughts actions and emotions the audience can relate them to the films themes--- desire to
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