Somewhere

Rated R 98 min. 2010

Like Lost in Translation, Somewhere centers around a wealthy, spoiled character who has no reason to mope, but does it unceasingly. Actor and babe-magnet Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is burned out and going through the motions: press junkets, special effects makeup, photo sessions. With little depth behind the pretty face, he’s a hard character to warm to. Johnny’s jadedness gets a glass of ice water tossed on it with the arrival of his slightly tomboyish, angelic 11-year-old daughter Chloe (Elle Fanning), who’s dropped in Johnny’s lap when her mother leaves town. Her innocence and go-with-the-flow willingness to follow her dad along like a puppy puts Johnny’s debauchery into sharp relief. But she also offers a non-jaded perspective that could rescue her father from his downward spiral, if he cared enough to take it. Fanning is absolutely luminous and butterfly-delicate in

Somewhere

, and she’s the real reason to take this journey. She’s another in a long line of golden girls in the Sofia Coppola canon. Fanning is more vivid and enticing than her male co-star, as is the wont of a female director who showers her attention on them. If you can forgive its slightness, there is something to be said for what Coppola does right. She’s certainly chosen a compelling and meaningful location. The haute bohemian splendor of L.A.’s Chateau Marmont hotel is so vividly portrayed it becomes like a third character in the daughter-father dyad, a kind of shimmering mirage of a faux-home that keeps them from really connecting on a deeper level. There’s no denying the seductiveness of the worlds Coppola creates. But like Johnny’s directionless ennui, it may not be enough to hang a film on.

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Official Site: filminfocus.com/somewhere

Director: Sofia Coppola

Writer: Sofia Coppola

Producer: G. Mac Brown, Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola

Cast: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Laura Ramsey, Robert Schwartzman, Benicio Del Toro, Becky O'Donohue, Laura Chiatti, Alexander Nevsky and Rachael Riegert

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