This Must Be the Place
Out Now On-Demand
Never for money. Always for love.
Sean Penn is an eccentric, bored, ex-goth rocker who sets out to find his father's tormentor, an ex-Nazi war criminal, in this award-winning comedy-drama. Also stars Frances McDormand and features a soundtrack by Talking Heads' David Byrne and Will Oldham.
An American ex-pat, Cheyenne (Penn) is living in a Dublin mansion with his down-to-earth wife of 35 years, Jane (McDormand). On learning of the death of his estranged father, he returns to the States for the funeral. There he discovers that his dad was humiliated in Auschwitz at the hands of an SS officer who may still be alive and living in America. Cheyenne's hunt for the ex-Nazi takes him on a road trip across the heartland of a country now foreign to him.
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury winner at Cannes Film Festival 2011.
Italy, France, Ireland
Wonderful David Byrne cameo aside, this must be the single biggest let-down of my Festival so far. Sean Penn’s forcibly “kooky” bored rockstar routine succeeds in being boring – it’s like watching The Cure’s Rob Smith wait for a bus.
Bono’s daughter (Eve Hewson) makes no impression other than in a “look there’s Bono’s daughter” way and the Auschwitz backstory comes across in horribly bad taste rather than as the moving father/son reconciliation schmaltz it seems to be aiming for. Worth seeing as a curiosity – but expect the audience to be divided between the “Wow! Cool! It’s so boring!” crowd and the likes of me who struggled to stay awake…