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This Must Be the Place (2011)

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Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II.

Director:

Paolo Sorrentino

Writers:

Paolo Sorrentino (screenplay), Umberto Contarello (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Cheyenne
Olwen Fouéré ... Mary's Mother
Eve Hewson ... Mary
Johnny Ward ... Steven
Sam Keeley ... Desmond
Danielle O'Brien Danielle O'Brien ... Supermarket Girl #1
Margaret O'Reilly Margaret O'Reilly ... Supermarket Girl #2
Frances McDormand ... Jane
Mairin O'Donovan Mairin O'Donovan ... Old Lady in Bank
Simon Delaney ... Jeffrey
Jer O'Leary ... Old Man in Cemetary
Master Deng Master Deng ... Chinese Tai Chi Teacher
Jane Myers Jane Myers ... Jeffrey's Girlfriend
Heather Fedyk Heather Fedyk ... Elevator Woman #1
Iris Frank Iris Frank ... Elevator Woman #2
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Anonymous

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Never for money Always for love See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Cheyenne is talking with David Byrne, he reveals he lives tortured by the suicide of two teens who were fans of him. This is a recreation of a real-life incident that happened in 1985 in Reno, where two young ones called Raymond Belknap and James Vance made a suicide pact after listening to Judas Priest's songs. See more »

Quotes

Cheyenne: I can't explain why I didn't talk to my father for 30 years. I must have thought that there was a mutual contempt. When I was 15, I decided that he didn't love me because I made up my eyes exactly as I do now. When you're a kid, it's very hard to back off from your decisions. But I pretended to be a kid for too long. And only now that I realize that a father can help and love his child, that I have no kids makes me really, really sick.
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Alternate Versions

The international version is approximately 7-minute shorter than the version screened at the Cannes Film Festival and released in Italy. See more »

Connections

References Paris, Texas (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Lord I'm Coming
Written by Gavin Friday (as G. Friday) and Herbie Macken (as H. Macken)
Performed by Gavin Friday
Taken from the album 'catholic' released by Rubyworks Records
Produced and mixed by Ken Thomas
Recorded by Jolyon Vaughan Thomas
Engineered by Jolyon Vaughan Thomas and Herbie Macken
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Surrender into it's reality
13 August 2012 | by KexUKSee all my reviews

I'm a DVD man.Films are my most important relaxation methodology. For me, the whole purpose of a film is to transport me into another reality, even a 'factually historic' film does this, for that reality was never subjectively mine. Occasionally a film comes along that is so incredible in it's ability to 'transform my reality' that it becomes embedded not only in my memory but leaves laser-like traces sparkling in my consciousness.

This was such a film for me.

No spoilers here, but some aspects of the photography are amazing,simply beyond surrealistic,more glowingly minimalistic in their utter magnificence. How the hell can you make a supermarket shopping trip into an adventure journey through a time-warped window of photographic beauty? Watch out for the car at the gas station scene. It's a visually structured scene that hit my eyes with astonishment.

The acting is superb.Yet, that word seems so inadequate to describe Sean Penn's utterly mind-blowing performance. I had to keep reminding myself that this was Sean Penn and these continued reminders simply made his performance all the more brilliant.

In the manner of an 'old Master',Paolo Sorrentino places layer after layer of subtle strokes to compose a mesmerizing work. He takes his time about it, as though each stroke of his brush must be precisely executed so that the whole may be that 'other reality' I seek in my film watching.

If you will watch this then you must prepare yourself to surrender totally into ' it's reality'- I found it well worth the capitulation.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Italy | France | Ireland

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

24 August 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,754, 4 November 2012

Gross USA:

$143,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,928,909
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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