Movie Review – Hunting Nazis, old-school rock style

2012-08-31 11:47

8/10

This Must Be The Place (Nu Metro) is a gem and it asks the audience to give it a little latitude before it exposes the full brilliance of its shine.

Chameleon-like Sean Penn is retired rock star Cheyenne.

Rich and bored, he rattles around in his interior decorated Irish mansion, takes daily walks to the mall to buy frozen pizzas and has lunch with a teen fan who is more like family.

This while his fire-fighting wife (Frances McDormand) goes out to do important work every day.

When he tells her he’s depressed, she says he’s confusing depression with boredom.

Then his father falls gravely ill and Cheyenne must return to his roots in Jewish New York, where he finds a mission – to hunt down the Nazi war criminal who tormented his father.

So begins a road trip that is epic in distance and weirdness.

There are so many issues cunningly disguised in this film that it’s hard to unravel them all – how we judge people, how we hang onto resentments, how a lack of empathy can be terminal, how we determine family and forgiveness, and how sometimes revenge makes you feel better for a while.

Some might label this film obscure and the filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino is known for telling off-centre stories, but it is a deeply satisfying cinematic experience, full of surprises, strange and tender.


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