Saturday, June 26, 2010
The trailer for Sofia Coppola's new film Somewhere has been doing the round of the internets, and copping surprisingly mixed reviews. There seems to be a clear divide between those who find it swoony and intriguing, and those who yawn, wondering when Coppola will stop with the poor little rich girl navel gazing and take a new tack.
What do you make of it?
I'm definitely in the former camp, and moreover I think its quite common for filmmakers to riff on similar themes and do so successfully (does anyone deride Woody Allen? Actually, don't answer that!). Plus Coppola has the aesthetic chops to pull off something visually (and aurally) wonderful, as her entire filmography attests. But can we at least all agree that it's perfectly cast? Stephen Dorff lends a nice reflexivity (where did his career go?) to the Hollywood star Johnny Marco, with the saucer-eyed Elle Fanning as his young daughter, Cleo.
Here's the synopsis:
Johnny Marco is a bad-boy A-list actor stumbling through a life of excess while living at Chateau Marmont Hotel. Cocooned in this artificial world, Johnny has lost all sense of his true self. Until, that is, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo shows up and begins to anchor him. Johnny’s fragile connection to real life slowly revives in her presence. So when the time comes for Cleo to leave, his sense of loss is palpable, but the gift of hope she has also brought him leads to a beautiful denouement.
Somewhere looks set to debut at the Venice Film Festival in September ahead of its US release on December 22.
Australian release date 26 December 2010.