December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

Johnny Marco leads the kind of life most of us can only dream of. He is young, handsome and has instant access to the finer things: an uptown apartment, a slick, roaring, jet-black Ferrari and a legion of attractive, obliging women to accompany him – wherever he goes.

The dashing star of the silver screen with a new blockbuster pending release,  Marco (played by the suave and insouciant Stephen Dorff) is also the doting father of precocious and prodigiously talented teenage daughter Cleo (the sassy and spritely Elle Fanning). And yet, despite all this, Marco is one of the loneliest men on the planet. Take away the slick cars, stunning women, private masseurs and dancers, award shows, film junkets and movie premieres, and you have a man whose deepest longing is to re-discover what it means to be a person; abiding somewhere and doing something that has some meaning or purpose.

Winner of the Best Picture prize at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, Somewhere sees writer/director Sofia Coppola expand on her study of detachment in Lost In Translation to deliver a sensitive, perceptive and affecting portrait of affluence and alienation.

– Dr. Varga Hosseini