This Must Be the Place
USA, 2012, 118 minutes
Never for money. Always for love.
This Must Be the Place Synopsis

A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This is the English language debut film of seasoned Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and  its' surprisingly quirky yet moving at the same time!  Sean Penn as the fading rock star... more
This is the English language debut film of seasoned Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and  its' surprisingly quirky yet moving at the same time!  Sean Penn as the fading rock star Cheyenne was a stand-out for the great way that he portrayed the character. Cheyenne looks alienated,somber and with no real purpose for the future although he seems to be comfortably living with his wife Jane who is a firewoman,  played by Frances McDormand.  It's quite appaling yet amusing how Cheyenne and Jane are opposites where it concerns personality, since while the former seems arthritic and fed up with life the latter has a very sunny character, a talker and very physically active.  It's nice to see though that there's a shift in the character of Cheyenne as the movie progresses and the dead pan humor in certain scenes are always a  great respite. Cinematography was very well-achieved and the supporting cast are very commendable such as Eve Hewson, the teener that Cheyenne hangs out with. It's a sort of light and heartwarming kind of movie but also with very deep meanings and messages for the viewers such as the the virtue of  acceptance, making amends and letting go of what was. The musical scoring was superb!  You should better check this out!
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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Hats off to Sean Penn for the charming yet eccentric role that he portrayed in this film!  Penn was able to give the  audience a fitting character study of Cheyenne,... more
Hats off to Sean Penn for the charming yet eccentric role that he portrayed in this film!  Penn was able to give the  audience a fitting character study of Cheyenne, a rock star past his prime and career who seems depressed and with no direction in life. The mannerisms, the way of talking ( reedy and almost inaudible) and his posture and way of walking are the things that will most instantly gel on the viewers, staying on their minds forever.  With long-standing guilt in his heart due to two brothers' suicide said to be brought about by his song's lyrics, he travels to America to visit his ailing father yet ends up tracking down a Nazi war criminal to finish where his father left off.  This is a film that conveys the message of  forgiveness and forgiving oneself as well as letting go of the past and moving on. While the movie may take on a slow mo at times it's nonetheless interspersed with quirky comedic scenarios. A movie with many contrasts, this should definitely be on your watchlist this weekend! 
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  • a nice surprise to see Sean Penn in a rather off and unconventional yet endearing character.

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