7 April 2012 4:13 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Exiled European film-makers in the 1930s had little choice but to adapt to America. Nowadays they can be temporary visitors, and not all are at home or have an interesting road trip. John Boorman, Karel Reisz, John Schlesinger, Milos Forman and Louis Malle settled in straight away; Antonioni, Kusturica, and now the gifted Paolo Sorrentino have merely squashed their noses against a glass wall. Sorrentino's The Consequences of Love, The Family Friend and Il Divo were highly individual works set in different areas of his native Italy. This Must Be the Place is merely irritatingly eccentric in the way it locates Cheyenne (Sean Penn), a reclusive American former rock star, in Ireland and then sends him home to America in search of the fugitive Nazi war criminal who tormented his father in Auschwitz.

Penn's character, speaking in a whispering monotone, wearing gothic make-up and a flowing black wig, is apparently »

- Philip French

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