This Must Be the Place 2011

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Acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino helms this comedy drama about a one-time rockstar who sets out on an unlikely odyssey to track down the Nazi camp guard who tormented his father in Auschwitz. Sean Penn stars as Cheyenne, the leather-clad and lipsticked ageing rocker with an uncanny knack for pertinent aphorisms despite his general air of childish petulance, who now spends his days drifting aimlessly through a millionaire's lifestyle in Dublin with his long-suffering, down-to-earth wife, Jane (Frances McDormand), and a cloud of oddball hangers-on. When news comes of his estranged father's death, Cheyenne heads to New York for the funeral, and so begins his somewhat misguided quest for justice and redemption.

Starring:
Kerry Condon, Frances McDormand
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Kerry Condon, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton
Director Paolo Sorrentino
Genres Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Studio TRINITY FILMS
Rental release 13 August 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Kerry Condon, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton
Director Paolo Sorrentino
Genres Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Studio TRINITY FILMED ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 13 August 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Olly Buxton on 17 April 2012
Format: DVD
If you're impatient or impervious to the charms of Sean Penn, most likey you'll be unamused. On the other hand, a film whose resume also boasts Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Judd Hirsch and a trifecta of performances (live music, a soundtrack and acting) from David Byrne deserves at least an interview.

Even so, it comes very close to blowing the interview, taking an age to answer straightforward questions, seeming distracted, needlessly self-involved and with little interest, at first, in impressing the beholder.

But it does warm up a bit.

To give some sense of both the film's glacial slowness and its self-indulgence, at its mid-point it halts for a five minute intermezzo in which David Byrne and his group perform the title song, in its entirety, live in concert. Apropos nothing, slap-bang in the middle of the film. Now it's a good song, well performed and imaginatively staged (extraordinarily staged, really), but still it is out of all context and has the effect of staunching what gentle narrative current had begun to flow.

Cheyenne (Penn) is an elderly piece of gothic jetsam, washed up from the new-wave scene of the early Eighties. He hasn't played since, yet still mopes around his Dublin castle bedecked in black and with all the boyish accoutrements a wiser man might have put away years before: Black fright wig, white face paint, red lipstick and knee high platform boots.

In other words, he resembles Robert Smith, only older. The cruel would see a flash of Bono in there too. When Cheyenne puts on his half-moon reading spectacles and distractedly blows at a Gothic lock, he even looks like Shirley Williams might, were she the lead singer of the Damned.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nikolaos Oikonomidis on 28 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This is what Wenders should have created when going to America,if he was to match his excellent first german films. It is a relief to meet a movie with such excellent pace and authentic spirit, so inspired acting and dialogues that make watching it a great pleasure. Though quite cold at first sight, it lets emotions come out as it unfolds in a meaningful way, giving you the impression of a movie straight from the heart. I loved it and Sean Penn is fantastic;so is almost everyone in the cast.Surely among the top movies of the year, and a movie that invites you to think while watching it.I could even say that when it ends, you feel a better person.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By filmnut on 5 April 2012
Format: DVD
Saw this in the cinema. Love this film!! What a sensational performance from Sean Penn. Reminded me of his performance in Carlito's Way. Very unique and quirky. The music was top notch too. Not surprising really considering David Byrne (Talking Heads fame) did the soundtrack. Also has the added bonus of Frances McDormand in the film. I love everything she does and she doesn't disappoint in This Must Be The Place. Have pre-ordered on DvD already.
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By Morty Moose TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
I absolutely loved this movie. It's the best one I've seen this year! It reminded me a bit of 'Edward Scissorhands'. It is delectably slow moving (as is Cheyenne, the main character! Lol), the storyline is a simple one in a way, but as the movie progresses you realise that there are so many influences that have affected Cheyenne throughout the years. The photography is stunning....the close up shots revealing so much, often without a word being said. I'm not very good at film reviews, but if you enjoy slow burning, real character-driven films with buckets of soul and beautiful cinematography then I'm sure you will enjoy this.
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By Fraz on 1 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I am not sure why Sean Penn had to put on what sounds like a womans voice for his role but that aside the film was just too slow. I wanted to switch off after 20 minutes but i persevered. There are some funny and tender moments , not to mention bizarre,as penn the ageing goth former rock star tries to find a nazi war criminal that persecuted his father. Sadly it was just too slow. I can handle weird, and this definitely is a little weird, but it never gets out of second gear.
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I could not get into this. I like Sean Penn, but found this one of his poorer efforts. Not sure why his character was portrayed with such a ridiculous voice...was he having a laugh or something? There were a few funny one liners, and a couple of poignant moments, but that's not enough to rate this higher than 2 starts, and a generous 2 at that.
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By Dilly on 24 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Lacking somewhat in pace but absorbing. Looking forward to watching this over again as I am sure you will always find something new.
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The great cinematography far outshone the contents of the film.
Penn's character got on my nerves after a while and the storyline whilst deep, was very slow in it's delivery.
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