Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a Hollywood actor who in between jobs finds himself partying and surrounded by women to help keep away the boredom that he dreads. Johnny is also a part-time father to daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) who he occasionally sees in between his hectic schedule.
When Cleo’s mother spontaneously drops her off at Johnny’s house and leaves town, Johnny is landed with full time care of her. Johnny is now forced to question his lifestyle and must make a decison on whether his lifestyle is more important than bonding with his daughter. Johnny now must look in the mirror and ask himself, has he been the best father he could have been and can he salvage his relationship with cleo?
Directed by Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and produced by her iconic father Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now). -M.F.
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There has been some unflattering critique on Sofia Coppola's latest film, but after watching it myself, I can honestly say it's one of 2010's best films. It focusses on a lonely Hollywood movie star, Johnny Marco, and his relationship with his daughter. The film is surprisingly engaging, even though it's very unclear why: Marco's character is not all that sympathetic, but somehow his bluntness works fantastic when interacting with other characters. Performances are on-par and cinematography is, in true Coppola fashion, astonishing. I feel sorry for those who can't enjoy this film: this is apparently a film for a minority, but if you're part of that minority, you'll absolutely love it.
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I must say I am huge fan of Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation and with Somewhere receiving a Golden lion at the Venice film festival I was expecting quite a lot from this film. While the video and audio quality on the Blu-ray disc is great, Somewhere is a very slow-paced and dull drama about a hard-living Hollywood star. It has it's moments here and there, but unfortunately falls short in comparison to Sofia's previous projects.
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