This Must Be the Place DVD
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Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Produced in 2011
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - European Film
A faded rock star sets out to track down the guard who tormented his father in Auschwitz in this film from Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo). It's an audacious road movie, writes Alex Davidson.
Critics seemed rather bemused when This Must Be the Place was released. Seemingly a love-it-or-hate-it film, columnists could not decide which way to jump and gave it a slew of non-commital 3 out of 5 reviews. Yet this unique film is an audacious, almost experimental road movie with a career-redefining central performance.
Sean Penn stars as Cheyenne, a middle-aged rock star living out his eccentric retirement in Dublin. After some tragic family news, he becomes determined to track down the SS Officer who tormented his father at Auschwitz, intending to kill him. The plot synopsis sounds grim, but from this director Paolo Sorrentino (The Consequences of Love, Il Divo) creates a very funny and life-affirming film.
Penn has rarely been better, showing a wicked sense of humour and self-deprecation far removed from anything seen in his previous work. With his outré looks, Cheyenne is an extraordinary creation. This Must Be the Place also boasts some unforgettable set pieces - the table tennis match, the redemptive final scene and, best of all, David Byrne performing one of the most extraordinary music performances ever seen on film.
Alex Davidson on 20th July 2012
Author of 231 reviews
Paolo Sorrentino (The Consequences of Love, Il Divo) helms this comedy drama about a one-time rockstar who sets out on an unlikely odyssey to track down the Nazi camp guard who tormented his father in Auschwitz.
Sean Penn (channelling The Cure's Robert Smith) stars as Cheyenne, the leather-clad and lipsticked ageing rocker with an uncanny knack for pertinent aphorisms despite his general air of childish petulance, who now spends his days drifting aimlessly through a millionaire's lifestyle in Dublin with his long-suffering wife, Jane (Frances McDormand), and a cloud of oddball hangers-on. When news comes of his estranged father's death, Cheyenne heads to New York for the funeral, and so begins his somewhat misguided quest for justice and redemption.
Length: 112 mins
Cat No: TF027
Format: DVD Colour
- Deleted scenes
- Cast interviews
- Exclusive viral clips
- Extended David Byrne Music Sequence.