After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.
Why It’s A Staff Pick:
“Somewhere” gets very high marks on my Staff Picks section for three huge reasons; Number One, and very importantly, is because of Stephen Dorff’s incredible, at times near-heartfelt performance. Not only does he have the looks and physique to play a character like Johnny Marco, but he also has the redeeming likeability that a character like Marco sometimes needs and he definitely has the depth and acting ability to perfectly play this challenging role. Number two, and arguably most important, would be Sophia Coppola’s terrific screenplay and delightfully crafted story, which faultlessly mixes emotions of loss and longing with strong subjects like fatherhood that are all the while sobering and rang genuinely true. The third reason for recommendation is the minimalist, almost dense tone in which the scenes of the film were crafted. While some scenes go on and out without much notice and others seem to linger on without too much happening, the strong emotions displayed throughout and the pensive depth of Dorff’s character pierce the heart and senses all across the entire movie.
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