Sunday, April 10, 2016

This Must Be the Place (2011)

Cannes Film Festival 2011

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Paolo Sorrentino
Through the story of Cheyenne, a fallen and aching rock star, Paolo SORRENTINO proposes to follow the inner voyage and odyssey of a man searching for his Jewish roots, maturity, reconciliation and hope. A classic drama of great richness and elaborate aesthetics, the film gracefully opens deep and serious paths of reflection.
Palme d'Or
Paolo Sorrentino

The Weinstein Company
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4

A middle aged former Goth rocker living in Ireland returns to America to see his dying father. Due to his fear of flying he arrives too late, but when he learns about his father's obsession with finding and avenging his Nazi torturer from Auschwitz he decides to take up the search himself. Clues lead to New Mexico, where the Nazi's daughter is living, and he befriends her and her young son. The final confrontation takes place in a mobile home in a remote Utah desert. Sean Penn gives a superb performance as "Cheyenne", the wisecracking rocker prone to emotional outbursts and hiding a dark past. Alternatively hilarious and harrowing, its complex story will either enthrall you or exhaust you.

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