In search of the tiger shark that ate his best friend, oceanographer and documentary filmmaker Steve Zissou embarks on an expedition that he hopes will buoy his becalmed career. But both on land and on the high seas, intense conflict ensues with his domineering wife, an irksome competitor, a pregnant journalist, and a purported son. Then there’s the encounter with Philippine pirates, and soon the ambitious undertaking threatens to break up on the rocks … “Klaus Daimler, 40, engineer, calm, collected, German”, is how Steve Zissou characterises the former bus driver and dependable first mate of the “Belafonte” played by Willem Dafoe in one of his few comedic roles – with a credible German accent, thanks to his German heritage. He embodies the sensitive, emotionally shaky, almost childishly naive camera assistant, perpetually clad in a silly outfit of turtleneck and shorts, without ever allowing the character to become laughable. Instead “Klausie”, who looks up to Zissou as a father figure, easily wins the favour of both the boat crew and audiences.
118’ · Colour · 2K DCP
Bill MurrayOwen WilsonCate BlanchettAnjelica HustonWillem DafoeJeff GoldblumMichael GambonBud CortSeu Jorge
Touchstone Pictures für/for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.