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This Must Be the Place


USA 2011, 113 minutes
Dir. Paolo Sorrentino
Rating: [M] Offensive language & sexual references
Genres: Drama / Road Movie


“Determinedly quirky and cool, arresting and ultimately too baffling to be satisfying, although Penn is priceless. Cultdom beckons.”~Empire Magazine

Aroview: Sean Penn is all affectation as a retired, depressed glam rocker who sets off on an American road trip in search of a Nazi war criminal in this eccentric but poignant comedy of the surreal.

Sure to divide audiences, this first English-language feature from Italian dir. Sorrentino takes its title from the Talking Heads song, and its random observational quirkiness is reminiscent of singer David Byrne's own directing effort, TRUE STORIES, as well as experimental stylists like Gus Van Sant. Like Sorrentino's other films, it is always visually arresting, but arguably fails to satisfying place its wildly caricatured protagonist in the real world.

NZ International Film Festival 2012

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • deleted scenes
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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