Film: “This Must be the Place”
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Everyone who has only seen the movie’s trailer generally chooses to refer to it as “The movie where Sean Penn has a strange haircut”. Still, it would be diminutive to limit the surprising “This Must be the Place” to some hairdresser’s far-out experimentations and deep-down, Penn’s (very) strange appearance is far from being the movie’s most surprising component.
This is only the beginning of the second paragraph and I have already used the words “Strange” and “Surprising” twice and this is far from being a coincidence. “This Must be the Place” is indeed some kind of an oddball, but in a very good sense of the word. Just read the synopsis and you’ll certainly feel immediately strange:
The film indeed revolves around a retired and depressed Rock-Star who comes back to his native USA after his father kicked the bucket. Confused, he then decides to hunt down a Nazi war criminal who once persecuted his Jewish dad. That’s the story. In nutshell. But the real interest of the movie lies more in the miscellaneous accumulation of blazingly refreshing characters and situations.
For most of it, the movie will appear to make very little sense with strange encounters (watch for the duck) and individuals (well, all of them in fact) while never losing the course of the story, just enriching it. One can clearly feel that the movie has been directed by an Italian director (Paolo Sorrentino).
So yes, run (or swim, or fly, or whatever) to see this movie. It will cheer you up in an intelligent way. That’s a rare and enjoyable experience.