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.
Bodil - Watching The Ships go by.