Previously at the ICA - Films

This Must Be the Place

6 Apr 201219 Apr 2012

Sean Penn plays an oddball retired rock star, Cheyenne, who goes on a road trip across the US in Paolo Sorrentino’s (Consequences of Love, Il Divo) first English-language film.

With a look apparently based on The Cure’s Robert Smith, Sean Penn’s star turn goth creation is fragile and reclusive and holed up just outside Dublin. His words come out in a high-pitched monotone and he shuffles around his country pile looked after by his wife (Frances McDormand). His father’s illness forces him back to America and – in a decidedly idiosyncratic plot that feels it could been thrown up by a random story generator - the washed up rocker ends up on a hunt for a Nazi war criminal.

With the landscapes all beautifully and distinctively shot, the offbeat odyssey throws up one droll and surreal encounter after another. There are great cameos including David Byrne in a live concert scene (the film is named after a Talking Heads song and Byrne who also co-wrote the score with Will Oldham - Bonnie Prince Billy). Indeed there are echoes of his True Stories as well as Paris, Texas (Harry Dean Stanton also appears) and David Lynch’s Straight Story.

Dir: Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/Ireland, 2011, 118 mins
Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch

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