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Somewhere (2010)

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After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.

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Sofia Coppola

Writer:

Sofia Coppola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Johnny Marco
Chris Pontius ... Sammy
Erin Wasson ... Party Girl #1
Alexandra Williams Alexandra Williams ... Party Girl #2
Nathalie Fay ... Party Girl #3
Kristina Shannon ... Bambi
Karissa Shannon ... Cindy
John Prudhont ... Chateau Patio Waiter
Ruby Corley Ruby Corley ... Patio Girl
Angela Lindvall ... Blonde in Mercedes
Maryna Linchuk ... Vampire Model
Meghan Collison Meghan Collison ... Vampire Model
Jessica Miller Jessica Miller ... Vampire Model
Elle Fanning ... Cleo
Lala Sloatman ... Layla
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Storyline

Hollywood actor Johnny Marco, nested in his luxury hotel of choice, is a stimulated man. Drinking, parties and women keep a creeping boredom under wraps in between jobs. He is the occasional father of a bright girl, Cleo, who may be spoiled but doesn't act it. When Cleo's mother drops her off and leaves town, Johnny brings her along for the ride, but can he fit an 11-year-old girl into his privileged lifestyle? Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En un rincón del corazón See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£125,581 (United Kingdom), 12 December 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,086, 26 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,768,416, 27 February 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,936,909, 20 March 2011
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is no dialogue until 15:02 into the film. See more »

Goofs

Cleo toggles between having and not having braces from scene to scene. This is most noticeable in scenes in the living room with Sammy and scenes in Johnny's car. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Marco: Hi, Cleo.
Cleo: Hey.
[beat]
Cleo: Why are you taking a bath next door? Is yours broken?
Johnny Marco: ...yeah.
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Written by Richard Christopher Harrison (as Rich Harrison), Amerie (as Amerie Mi Marie Rogers) and Stanley Walden
Performed by Amerie (as Amerie)
Courtesy of Columbia Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Less is less.
27 December 2010 | by lordforbesSee all my reviews

'Somewhere' anatomizes the mindset of a man who has everything - except purpose. Johnny Marco is a thriving Hollywood actor but his soul is adrift on the sea of ennui which afflicts those to whom life denies nothing – he lacks meaningful relationships and doesn't know what to do with himself between projects.

In classic European art-house style Coppola evokes Marco's inner desolation through the extensive use of eccentrically framed, lingering, static, wide shots in which the focus of attention listlessly enters and leaves frame. And she does this relentlessly throughout the movie to the point that, like Marco, you just want to give up. Yes the guy is a bit defocused, a bit haunted and generally of a bit of a mid life plateau and yes these attributes are successfully evoked by the directorial style, but the result is so anodyne that you just want to watch a film about a guy with some real reasons to be miserable.

Naturally you're hoping he'll rediscover his mojo through his relationship with his daughter and work out what to do with his life but given the film's obvious anti-Hollywood credentials, you feel your optimism for any kind of resolution seeping away just like Johnny Marco's.

I imagine that if you are the daughter of a like-able, pampered but lost Marco figure, drowning in existential anxiety, then this character study is pretty poignant but it's really no more than a letter from Coppola to her father – and, of course, a gift to the type of film-goer for whom every aspect of the human condition, including boredom - is interesting.

Sometimes less is more; sometimes it's just less.


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