Watch A Wes Anderson Guide To ‘Social Distancing’

Ashlyn Davis Ashlyn Davis

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It turns out Wes Anderson’s characters have been practicing ‘social distancing’ before it even entered the mainstream vocabulary.

Long before a global pandemic took hold of our every waking minute and keeping as far away from each other as possible moved from social etiquette into social requisite, Wes Anderson’s aloof characters were already limiting social engagement to extended gazes with a healthy amount of space between each other.

So what better way to give ourselves a refresher on the now-daily practice than revisiting all the cinematic moments of the director’s pastel dreamscapes?

UK magazine, Little White Lies, has edited a simple, yet brilliant compilation that illustrates their expertise in the field—even in the early days of Rushmore. With all the chaos that currentlytly reigns, Bill Murray may just be the antidote we really need to navigate.


The opening sequence begins with Moonrise Kingdom’s Suzy Bishop and Sam locking eyes across an open field. Fittingly, this dramatic demonstration of respectful distancing is scored with Max Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (which you may recognize from Chef’s Table). The montage continues with scenes from Isle Of DogsThe Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums. The feel-good, practical guide to staying apart together.