Review: Somewhere

December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Somewhere is the latest film from Sofia Coppola, featuring Stephen Dorff as Johnny Marco, a bored listless actor, sleep-walking through a life of women and movie related appointments. As Dorff plays him Marco is a particularly passive,  obliging,  polite even, mega star who is surrounded by ridiculous situations which make him seem a victim of his fame. When his daughter (Elle Fanning) comes to stay,  he livens up slightly, realising when she leaves he doesnt know what to do with himself. So he calls a female friend asking her to come see him. She says ‘No’ before suggesting that he ‘volunteer.’ Ouch.

The film starts with Dorff driving his car round and round in circles, and ends…well, I’ll leave that for when you see it. It has similarities to Lost In Translation, older guy awakened by younger woman, but it also has it’s say about the movie industry. Which in both movies comes across as a business of ‘persona’ selling, never mind who the person underneath the hard sell is, or even if there is a person there.

I liked at the end of the movie where Johnny Marco plays the piano and we can see he has some talent, apart from being some kind of mannequin. Nice performances from all concerned. And beautifully shot, too. Btw, I guess ‘Somewhere’  could be ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, or ‘Somewhere There’s A Place for Us’?

Somewhere is at the IFI until the end of December.


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