Sofia Copolla returns to familiar territory

 

somewhere2.jpg“Somewhere” follows a Hollywood actor Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) and his daily life. Despite his fame and fortune, his passion and zest for life are long gone. We see his life as he lives it, unenthusiastically. Be it in his routine of pole dances, groupies, beer or cigarettes, photo ops or press conferences, he walks through his life like a zombie. But he doesn’t realize the meaninglessness of his life until his 11 year old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) comes to live with him at the famous Hollywood retreat- the Chateau Marmont.

 

Much has been said about Copolla’s cinematic technique and “Somewhere” has all her signature elements intact, but not with as much effect as seen in “Lost in Translation”.  The patience involved in her visual style is not everyone’s cup of tea. It might be a long while before her unrushed sort of audacious style is accepted by Indian audiences. But what any movie buff can definitely take from it is some beautifully mellow moments in the father-daughter relationship. Minimalistic music beautifully used to amplify slow cutbacks and scenes underwater are a treat to watch. The father-daughter relationship definitely forms the highlight of the film.

 

After one eases through the almost wordless beginning and seeps into a comfortable pace with Cleo’s entry, the climax sort of feels like an abrupt setback. But the richness of the father-daughter theme is enough to keep the film going.

 

[Rating: 3]

Malvika Rao

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