It's Wes Anderson's World and We're Just Living in It

A fascinating subreddit seeks out the director's offbeat aesthetic in the real world.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen July 6, 2017

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It seems obvious now, but before today I never realized that the world's best job is Wes Anderson Film Location Scout. Just think of it: traveling from one colorful, vaguely Soviet-style building to the next via motorcycle, your hand-held suitcases tossed into the sidecar, as you shoot every quirky scene with your vintage Leica and send the negatives back to Wes to consider via carrier pigeon. 

It's a job that's so enticing that Redditors have started doing it for free. A few days ago, someone created the Accidental Wes Anderson subreddit, which has since been filled with users submitting their take on which locations would be perfect for the Houston-raised director's distinct aesthetic. It's pretty amazing.

The tour through the world according to Wes Anderson can go anywhere from a pool in Ottawa...

"Chateau" by Jeremy Kohm from AccidentalWesAnderson

... to a bar in Havana. 

Hotel Saratoga, Havana, Cuba from AccidentalWesAnderson

Are you telling me this building wasn't in Moonrise Kingdom?

Hamble-Warsash Ferry Shelter, Hampshire, UK from AccidentalWesAnderson

Sure, a shoot in North Korea could present complicated diplomatic issues, but it could also include this amazing theater.

This auditorium in North Korea from AccidentalWesAnderson

And this Second-World chic conference room.

This North Korean conference room from AccidentalWesAnderson

If Anderson ever green-lights a film about the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, this is where it started.

Courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. from AccidentalWesAnderson

Can someone just call Tilda Swinton and have her stand in front of this in a silly hat? 

Braemar, Scotland (not actually a railway station) from AccidentalWesAnderson

It was only a matter of time before one of the new all-millennial-pink restaurants and stores popping up made an appearance.

REDvalentino Store, Rome, Italy from AccidentalWesAnderson

The theme that emerges is not one of high-end vs low-end spaces, or even architectural style—although symmetry is a major factor—but of places that have a certain grandeur or whimsy, and that exist out of time.

Grand Pier at Weston-super-mare. from AccidentalWesAnderson

Through the Wes Anderson lens, ordinary spaces become much more interesting.

metro train in Brussels from AccidentalWesAnderson

Although the not-so-ordinary make an appearance, too.

Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan, Italy from AccidentalWesAnderson

It's as if someone has unlocked the key to seeing the fantastical that's been hidden all along in plain sight. Or as one Redditor put it, "I've walked by that building numerous times and never saw it like this."

House on Spadina Road near my apartment. from AccidentalWesAnderson

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