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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Somewhere by Sofia Coppola, 2010 (R)

Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Erin Wasson, Alexandra Williams, Nathalie Fay, Kristina Shannon, Karissa Shannon, Laura Chiatti, Lala Sloatman, Amanda Anka, Michelle Monaghan

Set amid the hallowed grounds of Hollywood's legendary Chateau Marmont, this atmospheric dramedy centers on hard-living actor Johnny (Stephen Dorff), whose life is thrown for a loop when his 11-year-old daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning), pays him a surprise visit. As the two become better acquainted, Johnny realizes he needs to make changes. Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) directs this character-driven film co-starring Chris Pontius.

There are movies that tries to show you a different world in a small chunk and touches you in a way you would never have thought it would. This one doesn't. I don't even know what was the point of the movie, if there were any, if it was some sort of personal testimony of a boring life in lust, from the perspective of the daughter. Elle Fanning is good, so is Stephen Dorff, but the movie doesn't hold itself, it is too slow, too esthetic, too trendy bourgeois bohème, lacking of a personality, and at the same time, very unique, no one had ever dared to do such a pretentious movie.

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