|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Stephen Dorff, Laura Ramsey, Aurelien Wiik, Angela Lindvall, Chris Pontius, Lala Sloatman, Erin Wasson, Alexandra Williams, Renee Roca, Nathalie Fay, Lauren Hastings, Kristina Shannon, Karissa Shannon, Amanda Anka, John Prudhont, Ruby Corle|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Apr 2011|
|Main languages:||English, Italian|
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Somewhere between the sky and the common manBy ShivaSK (1 review) from Manchester , 19 Dec 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Very rarely do I get to see works of art where as an audience, I feel like I 'get' the intentions of the artist. And I genuinely 'get' Sofia Copola.
Yes I have found myself questioning whether her works personify her personal decadence and passive indulgence, which have next to zero relevance with the more urgent and pressing cause of human existentialism.
Yet, 'Somewhere', and 'Lost in Translation' for that matter do not celebrate the rich and famous. Their world is far from ideal and is sarcastically stripped off to show all its vacuous glory or glorious vacuousness, where everything but the fact that its rich and famous matters. And the story of this world is in its own way, urgent too. If Copola did not have that urgency, she would be sitting back decadently in her own Chateau Marmont.
Her work may operate from a platform which the common man cannot identify with, but it is indeed the platform that he aspires to be at that is laid barren in her films. It is the parable of where his existential struggle aims to get himself to.
'Somewhere' is a film, which contrary to the general idea about it, is far from slow and dragging. It has the apt momentum throughout its course which only picks up rather swiftly towards the end. Its so swift in fact that it even slightly upsets the tone of the rest of the film.
Johny played with just the right level of insignificance by Stephen Dorff evolves from a character whose getting trapped in casts and masks do not strike you as odd at all, to someone who you can see and feel breathing and living. Cleo played with just the right level of significance by Elle Fanning does almost just the same but from the positive side of life and sanity.
'Somewhere' is a case study in subtlety, humour, and a matter- of- fact beauty. As I read somewhere, this is one dream of a movie. It just floats over you, occasionally showering all over you, sprinkling, mind you not drenching, with just the right emotions. Its perfect till the point where to me it climaxes at the underwater tea party scene and the following sunbath. Watch it on you own. You ll find characters, a film and yourself in unison for once.
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I do wish it went thereBy expandedframe (1 review) , 25 Sep 2013Beautiful camera work, brave in both its pace and choice of locked off shots throughout most of the film- Harris Savides, RIP. The cast were also very well chosen. But while it was a great insightful piece into a lost man's life, there was no real payoff for me. It hints at what could've been one, but it just wasn't enough for me. Forgive me, but it didn't really go anywhere. Sofia's work is hit and miss with me. I loved Virgin Suicides, and Lost in Translation is one of my all-time favourite films. But 'Somewhere' will join Marie Antoinette as one of those films I just won't remember very well years from now.
She's a gemBy Walterono (6 reviews) , 02 Sep 2013This is a masterly evocation of the emptiness of the celebrity lifestyle, where everyone is throwing themselves at the person they think you are until you end up not knowing who you are yourself. Sofia Coppola is one of the few directors working in the US who is producing original work. I bet her father is proud of her. This is a sensitive, beautiful film, which does not give up its secrets lightly. If you like your plots packaged and the film to progress in the standard Hollywood manner to a hackneyed conclusion - 'entertainment', in other words - maybe this is not for you. It is true in film as in any other art form that the deeper it is, the more effort you have to put in to understand it, but the more profound an effect the work will eventually have on you. If you listen to Bach with the same attitude you have to pop music - that it should instantly yield up its meaning - then you will find him boring and give up on the treasure he has to offer, which you will simply be unaware of; and here too you have to make the effort to understand or put yourself on the film's wavelength, because it isn't going to come to you and grab you by the throat like your average blockbuster. The finer things in life you have to be worth patient with. One notices the homage she pays to Antonioni yet she makes it her own and thereby shows she is aware of the masters of the medium and can spark off them, which can hardly be said of the average Hollywood director. Beautiful direction, especially of the daughter. The only criticism I have is of the ending. OK, he's walking away from his vapid world, but what happened then? But that's another film, which maybe she will make some day.
Americans can't do foreign moviesBy MichaelKenward (30 reviews) from Staplefield, Sussex , 25 Aug 2013In the hands of a European, probably French, director and with some decent actors Sofia Coppola's slow moving navel-gazing Somewhere could have worked. As it is, Coppola does not know when a scene has reached a natural conclusion. It gets off to a bad start when the Hollywood superstar holed up in his hotel between PR opportunities drives around a dirt track a few too many times before the 'action' begins. You can see the point: demonstrate that his life is a waste of time with not much motivation to do anything before introducing his 11-year old (really?) daughter as a challenge he has to tackle and an opportunity for him to learn something. He doesn't on both counts. (Did Ferrari really lend them a car and not complain when it was shown breaking down?) If American directors want to make films like this, then they have to become more interesting as people. Sadly, this film just confirms the stereotype view that they are all terminally shallow.
'Pointless' would have been a better title.By Acdefg (8 reviews) , 18 Aug 2013Absolute rubbish! What a disappointment from Sofia Coppola, I expected better from her. A complete waste of time and money.
Would swap it for a travelodgeBy a customer , 28 Jul 2013I watched this film from my bed in a Travelodge and was able to contrast my situation with that of the actor 'holed up' in his Hollywood hotel. There were several differences ... You could argue that it is lazy film-making or an off-beat protrayal of a potentially self-indulgent way of life. Jeremy Clarkson would have loved the car engine noises.