Sunday, May 22, 2011

Could This Be The Strangest and Greatest Movie of 2011?


Sean Penn just struck a lil' bit of gold at Cannes when The Tree of Life, starring himself and Brad Pitt, was bequeathed the prestigious Palme d'Or. However, that is not what I am hear to talk about. The Penn project I find even more intriguing is the upcoming Paolo Sorrentino directed film, This Must Be The Place, which also made its debut at this years Cannes Film Festival. In the film, Penn plays a depressed, retired rock legend (think Robert Smith's aesthetic meeting Ozzie Osbourne's speech patterns and Boy George's charm) named Cheyenne that travels to New York to visit his ailing and estranged father, only to arrive too late to speak with him and make peace. After reuniting with his family and learning of his father's humiliation at Auschwitz, Cheyenne accepts a mission to hunt down the SS officer that tortured his father and currently resides somewhere in the United States. The bored rocker turned Nazi hunter genre is an untapped resource that I actually find pretty damn intriguing. The film also stars Frances McDormand as Cheyenne's wife, who I have been eternally in love with since seeing her Minnesota nice portrayal of Marge Gunderson in Fargo as a wee lad. If nothing else, the soundtrack for the movie will be nothing short of awesome, as it is being delivered by former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. The movie has a number of connections to Byrne as he carries a small roll in the film portraying himself and the main title is derived from the Talking Heads song "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)". The combination of a deadpan and brittle Penn, coupled with McDormand under the direction of Sorrentino has the makings of something strange and altogether beautiful. A lil David Byrne cameo goes a long way too.

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