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This Must Be the Place (2011)
a wonderful movie
Forget about the low score this film received. If you are interested in complex characters, beautiful cinematography, wonderful performances and deep story telling this movie is for you. its a quest in America and a quest of a lost soul searching for purpose and answers in this "troubled and beautiful world of ours" as chayenne says. the combination of one of most talented directors of our time(sorentino) combined with one of the finest actors(penn)is nothing less than extraordinary. Penn manages to bring chayenne to life in ways that match his greatest performances ever. Combined with excellent soundtrack, wonderful scenery of American landscape and great supporting cast(Frances Mcdurmond, Harry dean stanton among others) "This must be the place" delivers bigtime. its not less of an achievement than sorentino's latest masterpeace "The Great Beauty".
A movie you will never forget
This film is something else. I cannot express what an impact it had on me and I have seen a lot of movies in my life. This film is so special first of all because it is so real. Nothing is hidden. When the characters eat, sleep, laugh, cry, have sex, everything feels totally real. This film represents everything a typical Hollywood film is not.
It seldom happens that there seems to be a sense of perfection in a movie which combines all the elements that make the movie an amazing work of art and this film has them all. It starts with the screenplay which is intelligent, moving, honest, touching. The cinematography is magnificent. It consists of a lot of close ups but not only. It is the kind of cinematography which corresponds with the story perfectly. The editing right on the mark. Kechiche is in no rush to go anywhere. He takes his time but when he cuts he knows exactly when to do it and how to do it. And above all the acting. Exarchopoulos and seydoux are absolutely brilliant in every aspect. This are the best performances I have ever seen. And I saw almost all of mike liegh's and lars von trier's work. This acting topes them all. Adele and emma are real people. You get to know who they are step by step up to the point you forget this is fiction. Their passions, desires, ambitions, conflicts. They are naked in every aspect not only the physical one. you feel them. You laugh with them. Cry with them. It is the strongest, touching and close you can ever get to fictional characters on a movie screen.
And such magic could never have been accomplished if there wasn't a cinematic mastermind behind all that. Abdellatif kechiche is a true genius. I recommend this movie to every human being with a heart. go see it. This film is something really special.