Friday, January 14, 2011

Somewhere (2010)

Somewhere (2010)
Somewhere (2010)

Genre: Drama
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning
Duration: 97 min.
Rating: 6.9/10

Johnny is living at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. He has a Ferrari to drive around in, and a constant stream of girls and pills to stay in with. Comfortably numbed, Johnny drifts along. Then, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo from his failed marriage arrives unexpectedly at the Chateau. Their encounters encourage Johnny to face up to where he is in life and confront the question that we all must: which path in life will you take?


Somewhere by writer/director Sofia Coppola, won the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival.  I was really looking forward to seeing this since I really enjoyed all of her previous work.  It is a minimalistic film filled with techniques that I usually appreciate, such as long still takes, visually stylish cinematography, a great minimal score, good acting chemistry, realistic dialogue, and even identical twin strippers.

Even with all those things, I couldn't help but feel while watching it that there was something holding back this film from being really great.  That missing piece is a unique and compelling story.  Somewhere is now the third film of hers in a row to tell us about the lives of bored rich celebrities, after the stylish Marie Antoinette and masterful Lost in Translation.

I still believe that Miss Coppola is no doubt one of the best American directorial talents working today.  Maybe it's time for her to branch out and tell us a different story, or collaborate with some other writers.  I guess what I'm trying to say is in the future I'm hoping to see more Lux and less Marie.        

Somewhere (2010)

Somewhere (2010)

Somewhere (2010)

Somewhere (2010)

Somewhere (2010)

Somewhere (2010)

Somewhere (2010)

Somewhere (2010)


Neacsu George said...

seems like a rather nice movie.

Virginie Lavallée B said...

It is coming out tonight in my city and I will be the first in line to see it, Sofia Coppola is in a league of her own, I adore her movies!

Doo said...

I will watch this for sure =]

Suciô Sanchez said...

Identical twin naughty nurses? Nice.

iAdrenaline said...

Looks like a great movie and from the trailer it also looks like the actors are doing a great job!

Isaacclarke1984 said...

sounds like a cool movie bro I'll watch it sometime

Adalmin said...

I thought Lost in Translation was good, Marie Antoinette was flat but pretty, and now this...I wish she'd grow out of her little niche already. Rich people constantly making movies about rich people problems just grates on my nerves.

Das Auto! said...

definitely sounds like a film i'd enjoy, although i hope they focus more on the pills, girls, and cars than the daughter haha

Bonjour Tristesse said...

If you are expecting something like Entourage you will be disappointed.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Cool, I'd like to hear your thoughts on it

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I hope so too.

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