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This Must Be the Place

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Italy, France, Ireland · 2011
Rated R · 1h 58m
Director Paolo Sorrentino
Starring Sean Penn, Olwen Fouéré, Eve Hewson, Johnny Ward
Genre Drama

One day, the former rock star Cheyenne discovers that his late father had an obsession: to seek revenge on one of his Nazi captors who humiliated him during World War II. Searching for peace with his father's death and combating a mid-life crisis, Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.

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Quirky, hilarious and moving, Sorrentino's first English-lingo production is a road trip of stunning scope yet deep intimacy, featuring an aged rock star-turned-Nazi hunter played by Sean Penn at his transformative best.


Total Film by Andrew Lowry

Succeeding against the odds and adroitly blending its disparate elements, this is a fine entry into the Eurodirector-gawps-at-America subgenre.


Empire by Angie Errigo

Determinedly quirky and cool, arresting and ultimately too baffling to be satisfying, although Penn is priceless. Cultdom beckons.


Boxoffice Magazine by Pete Hammond

With a sure-to-be-talked about performance by Sean Penn and the dueling themes of overcoming depression and revenge against Nazi atrocities, This Must Be The Place is anywhere BUT the place for moviegoers who aren't in the mood for something different.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The Holocaust material was not entirely successful, though certainly transmitted with absolute certainty and sincerity. This Must Be the Place is not my favourite of Sorrentino's films, but it certainly deserved inclusion at Cannes, and deserves to be watched for the glorious Byrne moments alone.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Eccentric, misguided and occasionally charming and sweet, this curiosity item with Sean Penn in one of his nuttier performances is unlikely to be embraced critically or commercially.

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