Watch: This Must Be the Place 2011 123movies, Full Movie Online – Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father’s persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S. Learning his father is close to death, he travels to New York in the hope of being reconciled with him during his final hours, only to arrive too late. Having been estranged for over 30 years, it is only now in death that he learns the true extent of his father’s humiliation in Auschwitz at the hands of former SS Officer Aloise Lange – an event he is determined to avenge. So begins a life-altering journey across the heartland of America to track down and confront his father’s nemesis. As his quest unfolds, Cheyenne is reawakened by the people he encounters and his journey is transformed into one of reconciliation and self discovery. As his date with destiny arrives and he tracks down Lange, Cheyenne must finally decide if it is redemption he seeks ….or revenge. Starring two time Academy Award winner Sean Penn and marking the much-anticipated English-language debut of acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a gripping examination of a man on the precipice of obsession..
Plot: A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father’s executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S.
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A clear-eyed skewering of humanity at odds with a static story about revenge and redemption…
Sean Penn plays John Smith, a.k.a. Cheyenne, a Robert Smith-like former pop star with wild black hair, black mascara around his piercing blue eyes and a trepidatious mouth finely-etched in red lipstick. He has been out of the music business (and, indeed, absent from the mainstream of life) for 20 years, secluded in his Dublin mansion after two kids killed themselves while listening to his forlorn songs. Upon learning that his once-estranged, recently-deceased father was a victim of the Nazi atrocities of World War II, he consults with a Nazi hunter and embarks on a mission to kill the SS officer still living in the United States. Director Paolo Sorrentino, who also co-authored the screenplay with Umberto Contarello, is tantalized by offbeat humor so low-keyed it sometimes passes for pathos; he’s also enamored of faces, and he allows Penn lots of screen-time (too much time, one may argue) for the actor to work his soulful stare into the camera. Penn doesn’t quite work his way into the viewer’s heart, however, and this is the fault of the filmmaker, who unfolds his highly unlikely story very slowly and with a great deal of artistic flourish (i.e., pretension). Cinematographer Luca Bigazzi’s camera swoops and glides around barren landscapes and empty rooms with amusingly smooth panache, but the audience isn’t picking up on anything substantial except for the technique. Penn goes out on a limb with his performance–talking in a prissy-timid yet direct way that recalls Andy Warhol’s pattern of speech–but, in the end, the role is a costume, and many other actors could have played John Smith–and perhaps improved upon it. Sorrentino wants to make us laugh and squirm and take pause. He wants to break our hearts over the course of the lead character’s picaresque journey, but there’s no truth in it. *1/2 from ****
I guess this movie is a continuation of the attempt to create a kind of Americana answer to European cinema and I’m sorry to say that it fails. I know the director is Italian but there’s nothing European about this movie (yes that’s a criticism!).
It’s studiously quirky. So studious that the quirkiness becomes predictable. Pan…. reveal! Cut! Quirkiness in every shot.
Sean Penn’s character is believable but mostly close to inaudible.
This movie could be a lot more fun if played at +33% speed with graphic speech bubbles for Sean Penn.
The indie Americana spirit continues with the simpering acoustic soundtrack. I don’t think this had ever annoyed me (I was always a fan of folk and acoustic music) until I saw Juno. Then I heard acoustic guitars and simpering in almost every indie movie. Awww… so sensitive. So sensitive they’re afraid to move beyond the five “safe” notes. Bless.
David Byrne’s cameo felt as much an awkward non-sequitur as the inclusion of The Lovin’ Spoonful in “Whats up, Tiger Lily?” and that was 1966 so I guess the director achieved something there.
I personally think David Byrne isn’t clever, original or interesting so I’m probably biased.
If you like David Byrne, want to see Sean Penn play Robert Smith’s Aspergers doppelganger and like high levels of quirkiness delivered quite slowly, watch it. I wish you well and hope that your time will feel less wasted than mine.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min), 1 hr 51 min (111 min) (cut)
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Director Paolo Sorrentino
Writer Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Actors Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch
Country Italy, France, Ireland
Awards 19 wins & 17 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Datasat
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses, Arriflex 535, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor (prints), Technicolor, New York (NY), USA (film and video dailies)
Film Length 3,336 m (Portugal)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 200T 5213, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema