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Tue Dec 7 2010

Playing it more low key and less brash than in ‘Marie Antoinette’, Sofia Coppola is back in another rarefied world for her fourth feature and her first on home turf since ‘The Virgin Suicides’. This time she swaps Versailles for Sunset Boulevard and the French queen for Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), a movie star living in limbo in a Hollywood hotel. Not any lodging house either, but the Chateau Marmont, a haven for upscale decadence where one is likely, as Johnny does, to bump into the likes of Benicio del Toro in the lift (a nod to Scarlett Johansson’s joke that she had a steamy encounter with him in one of the hotel’s elevators).

Johnny does little apart from feel like a spare part at his own parties, lie in bed watching strippers slide down poles as he recovers from a broken arm and occasionally obey orders to attend press conferences. The only constant in his life, beyond room service, is his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning). Even then, this smiling, smart girl’s visits feel like an awkward duty. It’s only when Cleo’s mother leaves her with him for longer than usual that Johnny hangs out with her, takes her to Italy and enjoys the warmth of a father-daughter relationship, even if they’re not doing much more than playing tennis on Wii Sports and sharing ice cream.

The upscale hotel location, the character in limbo and on the cusp of recovery or reawakening and the tenderness between two unlikely characters are all familiar from ‘Lost in Translation’, and there’s a sense of treading old ground. At the same time, for all the familiarity, the difference is that this is a film about Hollywood, the place as well as the ideal, and there’s a hint of the sinister side of celebrity in the anonymous, nasty texts Johnny receives and his paranoia that he’s being followed by paparazzi wherever he goes.

That said, the film’s notes on fame are gentle and wry, never damning or deep, so questions from journalists don’t reach the satirical levels of ‘8 1/2’ or even the reality of ‘Don’t Look Back’. Some gags – of which there’s only a sprinkling – are surprisingly broad: Johnny goes to bed with someone and falls asleep between her legs; his masseur alarms him by preferring to work in the nude; crude Italian models swamp him at an awards ceremony.

Coppola is more comfortable with the quieter, more moody and dominant side of her film. She opens as Johnny drives a sports car round and round a track at length. Later, he motors across the country en route to a suggested personal epiphany, to which Coppola is too cool to get too close, meaning that the film fades out weakly. She prefers to look, not touch: standout scenes include Chloe skating around a rink as her father looks on and another in which Johnny has a mould made of his head, leaving us feeling claustrophobic and him strangely free as he sits in silence and encased. Coppola works with Gus Van Sant’s cinematographer Harris Savides and the link with Van Sant shows in a use of natural light,  stillness and a search for the essential in quiet scenes.

For all the knowing Hollywood face of ‘Somewhere’, it’s the non-celebrity, Chloe, who is the film’s soul. Her age, moving from child to teens, means her interaction with her dad and other adults is oddly ambiguous and Coppola again shows how keen she is to show cosseted young girls and women struggling with their place in the world. The rapport between Dorff and Fanning is fun and tender, especially when she shoots him daggers when he brings a woman to breakfast in Italy, but while it’s Johnny’s life we see the most of, it’s Chloe’s which ends up being the most intriguing.
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Fri Dec 10, 2010

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film was too stupid to comment on. any good reviews are just nepotism at work in hollywood, what a surprise. zero stars

Ana R

This is the slowest most boring movie. I kept looking at the time remaining to see how much was left. Coppola should look for other career choice. And the end.... What was she thinking???

Bubba

I just watched this film, it was probably the slowest most boring most meaningless movie I have ever seen. The ending was completly commenserate with the film ....dumb.

Doogie

Fantastic use of the camera by Coppola. Long, drawn out shots of a scene often using the more natural scenes as part of the film. I loved the first scene with the Ferrari going round FOUR TIMES! Takes guts! Well done Sofia. A successful nouvelle vague French type movie. Skate scene was excellent.

michael

It's CLEO not CHLOE. It changes half way through the review which is very annoying!

MattZ

Vaccuous as a Hoover vaccum cleaner without the bag. The only thing I enjoyed about it was the ice cream I bought before the screening.

Jan

What? You have got to be kidding me! That was one sucky movie. I cannot believe I waisted my time. It SUCKS!

george

worst movie i have seen in my life. don't watch it the people who say this is good are idiots themselves it consist of long scenes consisting of absolutely nothing except driving and sex don't waste your time. if i could i would give this zero stars so don't take my 1 as anything good. its horrible and there is nothing good about it. if you really want to know he realizes he screwed up his life but leaves it all behind my walking away. it was a rip off!! seriously i could have made a better movie!

Dalmatian

Fine in many ways. Not much of a problem there wasn't a plot. So many engaging aspects to the film, yet ultimately a bit mediocre. As mediocre as a black Ferrari can be. Two stars. Or maybe one and a half stars. Or maybe best one star. No, three stars for the cinematography. Or maybe half a star for this postmodern, existentialist, psychoanalytic self critique. No, wait, the film was a mirror of life. Five stars. Whose life? Hollywood's life. Art's life. Life. File. Tile. Style. Smile. Nile. Mile. Cinema must end up somewhere. Where civilization is. With its discontents.

Katyy

The worst film I've seen in the past 10 years. Has no direction, no meaning whatsoever and leaves one feeling angry at a wasted evening. Boredom can be made entertaining, but here it only engenders more boredom and despair at the way the rich and famous squandert heir lives.

Robert N.

I absolutely loved this movie. A little patience at the beginning is rewarded with a very moving cinema experience. And it grows in your memory.

Robert N.

I absolutely loved this movie. A little patience at the beginning is rewarded with a very moving cinema experience. And it grows in your memory.

Julie

I'm a really big fan of Sofia Coppola. I love her first three features, from Virgins to Antoinette. But I'm not so sure about this film. I mean, it was good - the trailer probably gave away too much (probably should have been more done in the way Blue Valentine's trailer was done, as it hardly tells you anything) - but it feels like Sofia hasn't put in as much time & planning into this film as the others. The minimalism of the film affects the script - as it is quite bland in parts, for example, when Stephen Dorff is in the elevator listening to Benicio Del Toro talking about how he met Bono in the hotel. I feel the beauty of the Chateau Marmount was also not completely captured, I was expecting more...and there were also too much nudity (i.e. bare breasts) in the film. And that dude who played Guitar Hero with Elle was totally lame. Not even compelling - why was he cast..?! Too much facial hair. Elle Fanning is brilliant - she was a stand-out - what a gem! Sofia's experimental approach was good though - you have to tip your hats to her courage in making a film that is reminiscent of the long takes of the French New Wave era. Looking forward to her going back to usual style, using Lance Acord as the DP. Love you Sofia!!

p maxwell

a touching beautiful examination of relationship, not boring unless one lives in a cossetted world of emotional blankets, no life is simple, every life is simple! why do we need action and overblown sensationalism to make a film watchable

p maxwell

a touching beautiful examination of relationship, not boring unless one lives in a cossetted world of emotional blankets, no life is simple, every life is simple! why do we need action and overblown sensationalism to make a film watchable

Delo

I liked the acting.....but sadly it's the most boring movie ever! I still can't believe I finished it, maybe I just waited for something interesting to happen which never did. Even the ending is like WTF. Don't waste your life. You'll sit there after 1.30h and ask tell yourself "damn those are 1.30h I'll never get back again" WHAT A WASTE!!!!!!!!!

DNT

There is no plot, apart from parent looks after kid, reassesses his life (I think) then sends kid to camp end of story. What a lot of rubbish. I do not care who is responsible for this crap, but Sofia Coppola should not be allowe near another script, not that this rubbish probably had one. I could NEVER pay to see another movie recommended Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton. They are so wrong so much the ABC should dump them and give us a break in 2011.

theo

i m not a fand of sofia coppola. but i must to say this is a very interesting movie.i was really moved . i like everything in the film , actors/actresses are great. dorff (i don't remembered him) makes me feel what he feels,.......an empty live. well, not for everyone. but i you want to think about.......see this little great movie.

BarryA

Tedious, pretentious, boring, self-absorbed, meaningless clap trap. WARNING. PLOT SPOILER: NOTHING HAPPENS IN THIS MOVIE. HE'S A STAR. HE LEADS A VACUOUS EXISTENCE. MEETS HIS DAUGHTER. SENDS HIS DAUGHTER TO CAMP. FADE OUT. I hope I didn't ruin it for anyone. It's like the Emperor's New Clothes: "The Director has no talent!", says the child. Take a scene. Linger. Linger. Linger. Linger. Over. Next scene, etc. Reminds of Seinfeld and George:"We'll make a show about nothing. We go to the restaurant and wait for a table. That's an episode" Except the characters run the gamut of emotions from A to B. And mostly A. Seldom have I've seen a worse movie. Even "Plan 9 from Outer Space " was more diverting. This movie is too bad to be good, and even too bad to be camp. When people see through the haze of Coppola's ineptitude and pretense, this will be be (unfortunately) mandatory viewing in film studies on how NOT to make a movie.

Supermalkie

Do pay attention. Opening image. Protagonist drives sexy, phallic car very fast, round and round in circles on a racetrack. Going nowhere. Closing image. Protagonist slows to a stop, walks away from, and leaves said car on the hard shoulder, key in ignition. Going somewhere. In between Coppola tells the story of the hip movie star and the shallow, meaningless life that drains his soul. Forced to spend time with his estranged daughter he reconnects with a life of value, and having at last found a loving relationship and someone who needs him, he chooses to mend his broken spirit by exiting Tinseltown and re-entering fatherhood. The expense of spirit in a waste of shame is lust in action.

Two Jews On Film

The Two Jews On Film thought 'Somewhere'was nowhere Boring pretentious film that will fool a lot of people Check out our full review at YouTube.com/user/twojewsonfilm

Evie

A few scenes could have done with some HEAVY editing - notably one where Johnny is just sitting alone on a sofa drinking a beer for about 5 minutes - however i liked the unhurried pace which allowed scenes the space to breathe. Not a demanding film, you can just relax, soak it in and enjoy the soundtrack. Loved the iceskating scene, really beautiful. Dorff is perfect at playing the superficial film star but I wasnt so convinced by Johnny's breakdown. Its hard to have empathy for the character's self pity when he has no worries in the world apart from being occasionally, a bit bored.

ian

Yet more know it all comments! All these wanna be film critic types just a blinkng bore. Saw the film last night enjoyed it.Too trendy and arty. The opening sequence was mindless circuits of acar track in a Ferrara should appeal to Clarkson I hope he sees it.

ian

Yet more know it all comments! All these wanna be film critic types just a blinkng bore. Saw the film last night enjoyed it.Too trendy and arty. The opening sequence was mindless circuits of acar track in a Ferrara should appeal to Clarkson I hope he sees it.

Antonia

Yes the film is languid and slow paced, but it is well acted especially by Elle Fanning, playing the daughter Cleo. Much left open-ended but that is like life. I enjoyed seeing this on a grim sunday afternoon, some amusing bits, such as fawning publicity people.

david glowacki

l was eager to see this film as an admirer of Copella's films.This latest effort turn out to be a flat and uninvolving film..The well worn story of moral and sexual debasement in glitzy LA is rolled out.The usual footage of LA's freeways and swimming pools etc are in evidence.The film's complete lack of any emotional connection and hackneyed story make the film very mild.The flesh creeping world of Los Angeles lifestyles,where one can indulge in money,sex,fast cars and fame,yet still go home every night feeling empty inside, has been done better before.The main actor is not quite up to his role.However the 11 year old daughter is a delight with her shy,sweet and gentle persona.However Sophie Copella will eventually surpass her famous dad in film making,as she has an eye for the intimate and personal in her films whilst her father was a more conventional large scale film maker

pet28

I'm a big fan of Coppola, Both daughter and father. I felt like this movie is a tribute to her dad. I like the film alot especially the fact that it's made so beautifully. Although it's not as good as i was expected. The message is too easy. And the theme is definitely out of extra-ordinary. But maybe that's her point. By the way, can you please fix the text since her name is not Chloe! It's Cleo!!!!!

Pip

Yes not alot happened and yes it was a dull story line, but that was the point. The point of the film was to show the mournful and lonely side of fame and that's what it did. It was honest and beautifully made. Viewers who think bad of it obviously don't understand the concept of Coppola's work.

Jane taylor

I really liked the film, the sparseness and sense of dislocation. The fact that nothing happenned seemed to be the point. the ending was ambiguous and again I enjoyed the welcome lack of resolution, leaving the viewer more room to provide their own interpretation. Good luck to Coppola. It was a film about the redemptive power of parenthood- not an orginal subject but one which resonates. On the minus side, the most intersting journeys of the minor characters were left unexlored.

CI

It's a beautiful film with wonderful symbolism and stmosphere that those who appreciate realistic films without unneccesary melodrama will love. It's melancholy and touching and allows us to examine the way we make decisions in our own lives. As made apparent by previous comments, the film is not for those of the videogame culture or those that are unable to look through the eyes of another and see that person's life in a different way. Bravo to Coppola for a fourth masterpiece.

CI

It's a beautiful film with wonderful symbolism and stmosphere that those who appreciate realistic films without unneccesary melodrama will love. It's melancholy and touching and allows us to examine the way we make decisions in our own lives. As made apparent by previous comments, the film is not for those of the videogame culture or those that are unable to look through the eyes of another and see that person's life in a different way. Bravo to Coppola for a fourth masterpiece.

Bunifub

I waited and waited and waited for something to happen. Itdidn't! For a while I thought the question of the movie was "Will Chloe get to camp on time?" Then se gets into a car with a shady-looking guy and is never seen again. Wow, this was bad! And I'm on the SAG nominating committee