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This Must Be The Place [DVD]

Sean Penn , Frances McDormand , Paolo Sorrentino    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson
  • Directors: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Trinity Film
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NXW3Y8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,161 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star who still dresses like a Goth. Now 50, he relives the days of superstardom with young fan and best friend Mary. Living off his royalties he rattles around his grand Dublin mansion until the death of his estranged father calls him to New York. Reunited with his family, Cheyenne discovers a secret that will send him across America. On a journey through the Midwest, full of surreal encounters with an eclectic mix of characters from New York socialites to ethical gun-shop owners, Cheyenne is on the road trip of his life.

Special Features:

- Dolby Digital 5.1
- Interviews with Cast & Crew (Paolo Sorrentino; Eve Hewson; David Byrne; Kerry Condon; Stefania Cella; Judd Hirsch)
- UK Theatrical Trailer
- 7 x Deleted Scenes
- Extended David Byrne Music Sequence

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this must be the movie! 28 Mar 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film!! 5 April 2012
By filmnut
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everyone seems to be doing something artistic": this is an almost correct quotation from " This must be the place", and said by our protagonist, Cheyenne, a former rockstar.
The way he talks, or merely whispers, is essential to the film: why is that, the whispering, I mean? Well, you make an effort, when someone whispers, and you do want hear what is being said.
Or has he lost his voice? And is his voice, or lack of, symbolising something else? I think so. Here we have this former rock star who has everything money can buy, and a loyal, doting wife. Yet his life seems really boring, and he seems to be looking for the possibility to feel something.
He has not changed the way he looks. We cannot but believe that he once was wild, loud and carismatic on stage.
But not so anymore. Now he walks, moves and looks like a sad clown.
All that, however, is going to change. Our Hero is sent on a classic roadtrip after his father's death - there are people, he must meet, situations he must deal with on his own, and he has decided to finish his dead father's quest for revenge on his nazi torturer.
Our Hero is already a good man, but he needs to grow all the same.
And he does, grow,I mean, gets to know himself better, and grows from literally teenage attire into the attire and looks of a man of his actual age.
I love this film. I love the character moulded by the film director and Sean Penn.
I love the slow pace of the film - slow is more!
I am going to see this film again sometime soon.
Love from Bodilio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarrely fascinating 24 Mar 2014
By Dilly
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Penn film 29 Jan 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorrentino's astonishing treat 11 Jan 2014
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What a gem of an oddball strory. So original. Exceptional peformance by Sean Penn and great work by Franny McDormand. Fabulously photographed, scored and edited. Sorrentino create ths word the audience does not want to leave
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4.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, Weird, And Strangely Affecting 3 Oct 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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With this 2011 film, Neapolitan writer/director Paolo Sorrentino took a bold (some might say suicidal!) 'artistic step', eschewing his trademark Italian political, corruption, mafia-linked milieu of previous films The Consequences of Love, The Family Friend and Il Divo - often featuring reliable Italian actor Toni Servillo - and instead cast (the equally courageous) Sean Penn against type as Robert Smith-lookalike, ex-rock star (with a Jewish upbringing) Cheyenne, who has dispensed with the high life, is now holed up in Dublin, but whose need for redemption in view of his fractious relationship with his (recently deceased) father, embarks on a hunt for the latter's Auschwitz persecutor. And if that plot line was not outlandish enough, Sorrentino sets himself the challenge of 'dealing with' the varying sensibilities of Irish, New York Jewish and mid-western US settings (the latter where his Nazi target is languishing).

First up, I would have to say that I don't consider This Must Be The Place an unqualified success - Penn's whispering, Zombie-like characterisation takes a bit of getting used to and Sorrentino (arguably) overdoes the random symbolism. However, on repeat viewings I have found that the film's haunting qualities become increasingly entrancing (for me at least) and Penn's fragile performance, plus the film's darkly poignant (and quirky) humour, more and more affecting. Sorrentino also does a more than passable job in capturing the mood(s) of the times (zeitgeist(s), if you like).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
i loved this film when i first saw it and still do! the extra scenes included in the cannes version were probably better left out as it just makes the film longer but not really... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charles paton
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny in bits but too slow
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fraz
1.0 out of 5 stars This must be the place....
... and time that Sean thought he should start playing against type.

News flash, Mr. Penn! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Samarees Sword
1.0 out of 5 stars dull, boring, looks good and that is about it
This is an extremely dull film. It starts well and appears that it will be interesting. A retired goth musician worrying about the price of Tesco shares. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bukowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Penn and Dvid Byrne, a great mix
if you enjoy odd ball quirky art films, then this is for you. Main character is a sweetie and so is his wife! The cinematography is great.
Published 10 months ago by Ms. P. J. O'CONNOR
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Fwd first 30 mins...
Almost walked out of the cinema after 20mins of this it was that bad...but give it some time- it does improve, unlike Sean Penn's absurd and irritating accent. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Blu-ray fan
5.0 out of 5 stars This must be the place
Very sensitive work from Sean Penn. Certainly he has a way of climbing into and becoming the character. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ann levy
3.0 out of 5 stars Freaky at its best
The movie was a bit heavy going at times, but really enjoyable too. Bonus material is the interview with David Byrne, and the title song is amazing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Erika
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