Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play An intimate story set in contemporary Los Angeles Somewhere is a witty moving and empathetic look into the orbit of Hollywood actor Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff) We join Marco as he stumbles through a life of excess living out of the legendary Chateau Marmont Hotel; he has a Ferrari to drive around in and a constant stream of girls and pills to stay in with Comfortably numbed Johnny drifts along Following an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (played wonderfully by Elle Fanning) their encounters encourage Johnny to face up to where he is with life and confront the question that at some point we all must; which path in life will you take? Filmed entirely on location Somewhere reunites Sofia Coppola with her Lost in Translation editor Sarah Flack and production designer Anne Ross Sofia&39;s brother Roman Coppola takes on the role of producer whilst her father Francis Ford Coppola is executive producer The films atmospheric soundtrack is written by Grammy Award winning French band "Phoenix"
Sofia Coppola writes and directs this drama exploring the underbelly of the Hollywood lifestyle. Stephen Dorff stars as bad-boy Italian-American movie star Johnny Marco, who - despite being the hottest ticket in town and living a life of hedonism and luxury - finds himself struggling to keep boredom and disillusionment at bay. When his down-to-earth 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) unexpectedly comes to stay with him, Johnny is forced to see life from a new perspective and to question his lifestyle choices.
Average Rating for Somewhere  - 4 out of 5
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Somewhere Kashif Ahmed
Should a film about boredom be interesting? It's a question I asked myself as Sofia Coppola treated us to frame after frame of Stephen Dorff doing mundane tasks about the house. If someone, I thought, sets out to realistically depict the monotony of showbiz life, and succeeds; does that make for a good film or not? I had time to contemplate these issues in detail because I was sure that I wouldn't be missing much in 'Somewhere'; a lyrical, captivating but often annoying picture from the director of 'Lost in Translation' and 'Marie Antoinette'.
'Somewhere' is a good film. Just one that belongs in an art gallery as opposed to your DVD collection, it would've been brilliant on a loop in some post modern installation at the 'Tate' but as a standalone film, it tries your patience and can be quite a frustrating experience. That said, there's still a lot to like in this Antonioni-esuqe stroll down banality lane: Stephen Dorff makes a welcome return to our screens as a disillusioned movie star whilst Elle Fanning (Dakota's sister) plays his estranged 11 year-old daughter, who comes to visit. Dorff's sybaritic, but pointless, life of boozing and schmoozing is toned down, as he tries to set something vaguely resembling a good example. Both actors seem to understand Coppola's satirical intent and work with it all the way.
As scathing an indictment of the vapid, soulless paradigm of Hollywood as anything Altman ever did. 'Somewhere' seems to go nowhere and slowly at that, but step back from the film and you'll see the bigger picture almost instantly. Not as technically ambitious as 'Marie Antoinette' but an unusual, unique and effective experiment, worth watching once.
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