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DVD Review: Somewhere

April 26, 2011

Somewhere – An Alliance Films’ Release

http://focusfeatures.com/film/somewhere/

DVD Release Date: April 19th, 2010

Rated 14A for coarse language and nudity

Running time: 98 minutes

Sofia Coppola (dir.)

Sofia Coppola (writer)

Phoenix (music)

Stephen Dorff as Johnny Marco

Elle Fanning as Cleo

Chris Pontius as Sammy

© 2010 Somewhere LLC. All Rights Reserved. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Alliance Films. All Rights Reserved.

Our reviews below:

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Somewhere DVD Review By John C.

**1/2 (out of 4)

Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is an action star living at Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont.  When a broken arm keeps him off set and he has to start caring for his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), we watch as his life slowly starts going in the right direction.  There is no on-screen drama in Somewhere and no big developments in the plot.  This is a slow moving film, with a consistant pace throughout.

The actors all deliver believable performances, and the lingering shots of the characters going about their mundane and ordinary lives are suitably artistic and nicely shot by talented director Sofia Coppola.  In terms of story, Somewhere goes nowhere.  But it will be at full discretion of what the viewer sees as symbolism as t0 whether or not it actually gets anywhere.

The DVD includes a 17-minute “making-of” featurette.

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Somewhere DVD Review by Erin V.  

**1/2 (out of 4)

Somewhere is about an actor named Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) who’s living a somewhat mundane life.  When his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) comes to stay with him, we get to see their relationship together as father and child.

It’s a hard movie to synopsize, because nothing much happens in it – essentially we are just watching ordinary life.  But although it sounds like it could be a bore, the acting keeps the pace going, and it’s easy to admire this quiet, well-shot film.  Whether or not it’s one you’d go back to, it seems to work as an interesting experiment in indie-style filmmaking, and film students will most likely enjoy watching this one for that reason alone.

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Somewhere DVD Review By Nicole

** (out of 4)

Somewhere tells the simple yet touching story of a single dad (Stephen Dorff) and his daughter (Elle Fanning).  The dad, Johnny Marco, is a well liked actor.  He is comfortable with his mundane life of booze and women, until his daughter, the 11-year-old Cleo comes into his life.  Slowly but surely, his ife begins to improve.

Somewhere is very slow moving and even slightly boring at times.  However, the father and daughter relationship is sweet and believable enough to recommend this film.

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Somewhere DVD Review By Maureen

**1/2 (out of 4)

It’s hard to not to like Sofia Coppola’s movie Somewhere, even though nothing much happens in this low-key story where literally and figuratively lives seem to be going nowhere.  The story revolves around Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), a popular action movie actor who appears to be only going through the motions of living relying on alcohol, pills and meaningless sex, to get him through the days and nights.

His life starts to change in small yet significant ways when his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Faning) comes to stay with him at the Chateau Marmont hotel for an extended period of time.  It’s the quiet but real relationship between father and daughter that keeps Somewhere going.  Both Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning give believable performances.  Although Somewhere was a little too low-key for my taste, it’s worth checking out for the fine performances and for the efforts of writer/director Sofia Coppola.

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Somewhere DVD Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

Somewhere is about Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), a Hollywood action star living in a suite in the Chateau Marmont between acting gigs and personal appearances around the world. His shallow lifestyle of parties, casual sex and personal entertainment from twin pole dancers is given some meaning only when he spends time with his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) while her mother is gone on an indefinite respite.

Somewhere is not for everybody. The opening scene of three laps around a dirt track is an indication of what is to follow, much more in the brooding existentialist European tradition than most American films. Even though nothing much happens, the film works mainly due to the performance of Steven Dorff, whose character has to live through the boredom that we can only share briefly. The rest of the cast and overall production are excellent, as expected from director Sophia Coppola. The well-rested viewer will be rewarded with an interesting glimpse into the far from perfect life of one particular rich and famous guy.

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Consensus: With good performances from Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, Somewhere is a nicely shot film from director Sofia Coppola, however the slow pace and lack of plot developments make it one that won’t be for everybody. **1/2 (Out of 4)

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