In the opening scene of director Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, a black Ferrari goes round and round the same dusty expanse. The impatient among you may dismiss this roughly 3-minute scene as monotonous and boring, but if you decide to stay with the film, you’ll be rewarded.

Somewhere focuses on movie-star Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff) who is staying at LA’s famed Chateau Marmont hotel, the exclusive hiding place of the rich and the famous; the place they go to when they want to be alone and cut off from the world. Marco is nursing a sprained wrist. He spends his days hiding behind a pair of black shades, cradling a drink and smoking in the hotel verandah. We see him curled up in bed, barely awake as two private pole dancers go through their routine for him. On some days he’ll drive around aimlessly through Beverly Hills; on another day he returns to his room to find it’s been taken over by friends and turned into a party. High on drugs and booze, he nods off completely during an intimate encounter with a date.

Coppola, who directed the exquisite Lost in Translation, seems blessed with the extraordinary gift of being able to create compelling characters out of poor little rich kids. She gets you to care about her privileged protagonists who’re going through an existential crisis.

We never see Marco on a film set, yet we get a sense of his importance and obligations. He attends a press conference for a forthcoming film, where he dodges silly questions. He poses for photographs with a co-star with whom you can sense there is an uncomfortable history. And in a scene heavy with subtext, he sits silently as a special-effects team buries him under layers of latex to create a mask of an older character he’ll be playing in a future film.

Very little actually happens in this film, and the meditative, reflective tone is indicative of Marco’s life. He’s shaken out of his stupor when his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (played by Elle Fanning) shows up for a visit. We make out that Cleo is one of those Hollywood brats: she knows how to dress for a movie premiere her father takes her to in Milan, and she’s hardly outraged the morning after when a strange woman in a bathrobe joins them at the breakfast table. Still, in a sense, Cleo is more of an adult than her father. She realizes that Marco needs help, and keeps him distracted through games and father-daughter outings.

It has been widely speculated that Somewhere is a slice of the director’s own early life; that Cleo and Marco are stand-ins for the film’s director Sofia Coppola and her famous father Francis Ford Coppola, the director of The Godfather. It has been said that Sofia’s fascination with hotels (as also seen in Lost in Translation) arises from all the time she spent stuck in them during her growing up years traveling with her father. Be that as it may fact or fiction, autobiographical or not it’s hard to deny that Sofia Coppola understands the human condition.

The film is a fascinating portrait of a life in Hollywood ravaged by excesses, and Stephen Dorff brings the right degree of melancholy to the part of the star who burnt out too young. Elle Fanning has an infectious energy and luminous beauty, and she shares a warm chemistry with Dorff that makes their scenes together seem perfectly natural.

This film unfolds at a leisurely pace, but it has a hypnotic, poetic quality that’s one of a kind. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. If you enjoy films that don’t spoon-feed you, chances are you’ll warm up to this one.



как получить кредитную карту моментум от сбербанкакредитные карты банков самарачто нужно чтобы получить кредитную карту приватбанкагде лучше взять кредитную карту

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Rajeev Masand

  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Omerta

    Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Keval Arora, Rajesh Tailang, Blake Allan Director: Hansal Mehta In his new film Omerta, director Hansal Mehta seeks to dive into...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of 102 Not Out

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi Director: Umesh Shukla Let’s just face it Hindi cinema doesn’t know what to do with senior...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Avengers: Infinity War

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe...

    BMS EditorApril 26, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Beyond The Clouds

    Cast: Ishaan Khattar, Malavika Mohanan, Goutam Ghose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, GV Sharada, Amruta Santosh Thakur, Shivam Pujari Director: Majid Majidi Iranian master Majid Majidi,...

    BMS EditorApril 21, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of October

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao Director: Shoojit Sircar October, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is a thoughtful, meditative film about...

    BMS EditorApril 13, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Blackmail

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta, Pradhuman Singh, Anjula Sathe, Gajraj Rao, Omi Vaidya, Vibha Chibbar, Neelima Azim Director: Abhinay...

    BMS EditorApril 6, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Baaghi 2

    Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal, Prateik Babbar, Darshan Kumaar, Vipin Sharma Director: Ahmed Khan. A distraught young...

    BMS EditorApril 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Pacific Rim Uprising

    Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman Director: Steven S DeKnight I’m one of those who thoroughly...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Hichki

    Cast: Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kabi, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Harsh Mayar Director: Siddharth P Malhotra There is nothing original, nothing surprising, nothing even...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2018 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
WordPress Popup