This Must be the Place
In 2008, Sean Penn, Jury president of Cannes Film Festival, awarded Paolo Sorrentino with the Jury Prize for “Il Divo” and declared he was eager to make a movie with Sorrentino. Three years later, Penn and Sorrentino returned to Cannes together to win the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes this year for “This Must Be the Place” - a moral road movie. The film invokes Wim Wenders' “Paris Texas” through its melancholy travels and gorgeous cinematography. The score is composed by David Byrne (of The Talking Heads, whose song is the film’s namesake) and accompanies the former idol's journey. “This Must Be the Place” explores affiliations and clichés through the moving portrait of a sardonic fifty-year-old ex rock star who will never settle for the lifestyle of mediocrity with which the world tries to constrain him.
Dir: Paolo Sorrentino Italy/France/Ireland 2011 118 mins Cert: 15A
Starring: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eva Hewson, Kerry Condon