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This Must Be The Place 2012

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Cheyenne (Sean Penn), a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the Nazi responsible for humiliating his recently deceased father during WWII.

Starring:
Sean Penn, Olwen Fouere
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Paolo Sorrentino
Starring Sean Penn, Olwen Fouere
Supporting actors Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Joyce Van Patten, David Byrne, Shea Whigham, Liron Levo, Heinz Lieven, Simon Delaney, Frances McDormand, Johnny Ward, Sam Keeley, Danielle O'Brien, Margaret O'Reilly, Mairin O'Donovan, Jer O'Leary, Master Deng, Jane Myers
Studio The Weinstein Company
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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Never heard of this movie and stumbled across it. If you like unusual movies this is one for you! It is a story about a rock star who never grew up. Or anyone who never grew up!! Really great story! Sean Penn was great! Not a mainstream movie! Which is why we LOVED it!! Must watch!
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This is a really, really good film. Sean Penn carries it all the way, but the supporting actors are perfect too. If I had had to say what the movie is about (without giving away the plot), it's about kindness. What makes it work so well is the authenticity and innocence of Penn's character. "Do you like tattoos?" asks a tattooed man drinking next to him in a bar. "I'm not sure" replies 'Penn', "I was just asking myself the same question a moment ago when I was looking at you." And so it goes. It's a great and happy film. See it!
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By Kasia on March 25, 2013
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I was not sure if I would like it, but I waited fpr the day and the right moment and mood for watching it and I am glad I did , it is not easy movie , and will make you think , there are light moments, funny and also deep and sad moments , it is like the director tried to unwrap the brain and you need to find the missing parts , still it made all sense to me from the beginning to the end
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Sean Penn turns in an amazing performance as an aging, damaged 80s glam rock star who is stuck in that persona. But the scary persona belies the soft-spoken, warm-hearted creature he has become. The death of his father leads him on a quest of discovery. Like an onion, the layers of this film are pealed back to reveal what is below. This is a film I will watch multiple times.
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By Carlo on April 12, 2013
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In some reviews here people say it is boring, I' say: - Do not confuse slow with boring.
Penn is very good in his difficult role so is the lovely wife-firefighter (I started to love her in Fargo). It is a strange movie, production is european, script is italian, half movie is made in Ireland and the other half in the middle of the States, actors are all or almost all americans. So yes it is a strange movie.
If you are intoxicated with the actual hollywood's action movie where superfast is never fast enough hmmm... well it will probably give you the impression you are looking to a movie in slow-mode but I advice you not to give up and to change your point of view.
Photography is good, colors are beautiful, music is nice, acting is good so is the direction. See and hear David Byrne is always a pleasure too.
Would I suggest this to a friend? Yes, definitely.
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I was on an overseas flight when I watched this and probably would not have finished it if I was not stuck on a plane. The movie is about a pop star who dropped out of the music scene 20+ years ago and just totters around his estate in England with his wife. Kind of like Ozzy Osbourne but Ozzy still plays. This character mumbles and looks slightly brain damaged like Ozzy. It is a story of a strange man with a horrible past with his father and a search for a war criminal in America. An interesting plot that just never really takes off like it should.

The only reason I kept watching is Penn makes you believe he is this guy and you just know there has to be some major drama at at some point, because the movie has been so boring up until this point (whatever point you are at in the movie, right up to the end).
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Sean Penn embodies a retired rock star who is human in every way. The expressions, voice and mannerisms that Penn employ are are spot-on for this flawed, imperfect character and unlike any I've seen him use in previous films. This is a great film about love and relationships an soul searching.
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