This Must Be The Place is going to have a wide release on November 2nd 2012. The film stars Academy Award winners Sean Penn (Milk) and Frances McDormand (Fargo). After being entered in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, This Must Be The Place is now going to be enjoyed by everyone. This comedy film revolves around the story of Cheyenne (played by Sean Penn), a former rock star and even though he is already 50 he still dresses “Goth” and is comfortably living in Dublin with the help of his royalties. After years of not speaking to his father, he is brought back to New York after his father died. He then uncovers an obsession that his father had. His father wanted to seek revenge on a former Nazi war criminal who is now seeking refuge in America and a person who gave him humiliation. Cheyenne picks up where his father left off and journeys across America to do his father’s will.
This Must Be The Place garnered great reviews from critics in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival so let’s take a look at a review from Anton Bitel:
“This Must Be The Place Movie Review
Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a little boy lost in a 50-year-old’s body. A one-time rockstar who has not performed – or indeed done anything – in decades and who speaks in a high-pitched whisper, he still sports the long hair, black clothes and goth make-up, living off royalties and Tesco stocks. Offsetting his sheltered naïveté with a knack for canny aphorisms, Cheyenne drifts through a millionaire’s lifestyle in Dublin, loving his grounded wife Jane (Frances McDormand), while hanging out with his 16-year-old best friend Mary (Eve Hewson). Yet when news comes of his estranged father’s death, Cheyenne heads to New York for the funeral, and so embarks on an unlikely odyssey.
The black dye in Cheyenne’s hair conceals roots in the Jewish orthodox community, and as the old rocker reads through his father’s journals, he learns for the first time of innocence lost in the Concentration Camps, and of a grudge, nursed for over half a century, against a former SS Guard who may well be living incognito in America. Whether in search of a reconciliation with his past, a handle on his own identity or just a reason to get out of bed in the morning, Cheyenne decides to resume the quest for Alois Lange, and sets off in a borrowed pick-up on a strange journey through the American hinterlands.
“Something’s wrong here. I don’t know exactly what it is, but something’s wrong here.” This line, repeated by Cheyenne like a mantra throughout This Must Be The Place, captures something of the film’s off-kilter merging of different forms. Here the tropes of adolescent rites of passage are inhabited by a middle-aged man. Here a great American road trip is undertaken by a character who seems previously to have favoured walking and public transport. Here the hunt for an ageing Nazi war criminal is conducted by a softly spoken idiot savant in drag.”
Click here to read the rest of the review at Eye for Film
This Must Be The Place comes out in theatres this Friday, November 12th 2012 and is directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
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