Sofia CoppolaUSA / Italy97 minutes2010ColourEnglish
Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Somewhere is Coppola's first true art film, a subtly yet exquisitely formalist study of ennui and the redeeming power of family ties. Stephen Dorff stars as Johnny Marco, a famous Hollywood actor laying low and partying hard at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont, until his carefree binging is interrupted when his teen daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) is deposited at his doorstep after her mother decides to take a break from parenting. Caring for her father more than he can for her, Cleo brings stability and meaning back into Marco's shallow existence, a precious gift that he desperately tries to regain once her visit comes to an end. Working with the late, great cinematographer Harris Savides, Coppola conveys Marco's cycle of empty hedonism via a series of stunning visual set pieces, including a brilliant opening long take of Marco's Ferrari speedily lapping a racetrack over and over again, followed by two separate and equally unsettling sequences of the sodden star dozing off to a private pole-dancing show performed by twins.