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Director: Sofia Coppola

Cast: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius


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Roguish Hollywood star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) finds his debauched life of excess unexpectedly interrupted when his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) shows up at the Chateau Marmont Hotel for an unscheduled visit. Later, as father and daughter reconnect, Johnny begins to reassess his sordid lifestyle.


Roguish Hollywood star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) finds his debauched life of excess unexpectedly interrupted when his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) shows up at the Chateau Marmont Hotel for an unscheduled visit. Later, as father and daughter reconnect, Johnny begins to reassess his sordid lifestyle. Writer/director Sofia Coppola teams with brother Roman to produce a film executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and released by Focus Features.

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After her opulent 2006 effort Marie Antoinette fell so flat with critics, Sofia Coppola apparently decided to scale down her vision and go for something close to home, directing a quiet, modest, and altogether affecting little drama with 2010's Somewhere. Following a burned-out action star named Johnny (Stephen Dorff) as he spends a week with his heretofore neglected 11-year-old daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning), while her mom -- whose relationship with Johnny, we assume, was brief -- is out of town, the movie acts as a fly on the wall while the unlikely pair bum around his massive suite at the Chateu Marmont, embark on a brief press tour to Italy, and learn some largely unspoken lessons about happiness, parenthood, and the ridiculousness of life in Hollywood. Dorff made minor waves in the '90s as a tough-but-pretty boy in movies like S.F.W., which made him few friends in critical circles. But even the actor's harshest critics would have to agree that this only makes him better suited for his role in Somewhere, since the less you like him, the more believable the part becomes. And certainly it can be said that Elle Fanning does a more than adequate job of portraying the innocent but pensive preteen Cleo, but it's not an overly difficult job, since Cleo is not required to demonstrate a particularly large range of emotions. But that's not a slight against anyone; emotionally, this movie is about Johnny. Indeed, even though we sit through plenty of obligatory scenes in which Cleo is just barely shielded from the hollow drinking and womanizing that fill Johnny's days when he isn't getting a hundred times more out of life just sitting by the pool with his little girl, Coppola makes it clear that Cleo is doing just fine. As long as her dad is around -- just enough to buy her a new backpack, hear her talk about Twilight, etc. -- she's okay. Cleo doesn't need some big, torrential scene where she screams and cries about why her dad isn't around more -- he's around enough. By the time the movie reaches any kind of emotional apex, it's clear that if there's a problem, it's Johnny's. Coppola's use of symbolism can be a little heavy-handed at times (the movie opens on Dorff in his sports car, literally driving in circles), but she still avoids coming off as trite. This may be because she remains so restrained in the simplicity of her message. While there have been any number of films about parenthood, most all of them have attributed particularly grand meaning to it, espousing in all caps that good parents get more meaning out of life! Bad parents ruin their kids' lives! Whereas the message of Somewhere is much more nuanced: all you have to do is be there.

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Focus Features
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Dorff Johnny Marco
Elle Fanning Cleo
Chris Pontius Sammy
Lala Sloatman Layla
Ray Garcia Parking Valet
Kristina Shannon Bambi
Karissa Shannon Cindy
Amanda Anka Marge
Ellie Kemper Claire
Michelle Monaghan Rebecca
Sylvia Desrochers Rebecca's Publicist
John Prudhont Chateau Patio Waiter
Ruby Corley Patio Girl
Angela Lindvall Blonde in Mercedes
Erin Wasson Party Girl #1
Alexandra Williams Party Girl #2
Nathalie Fay Party Girl #3
Maryna Linchuk Vampire Model
Meghan Collison Vampire Model
Jessica Miller Vampire Model
Renee Roca Ice Skating Instructor
Aurelien Wiik French Guy
Lauren Hastings Pretty Girl
Brian Gattas Studio PR Man
Randa Walker Eager PR Woman
Christopher James Taylor Press Photographer
Silvia Bizio Italian Journalist
Noel de Souza Indian Journalist
Lisa Lu Chinese Journalist
Alexander Nevsky Russian Journalist
Aida Takla-O'Reilly Egyptian Journalist
Emanuel Levy Israeli Journalist
H.J. Park Korean Journalist
Jordu Schell SPFX Make-up Artist
Joey Rocket SPFX Make-up Artist
Jack Firman SPFX Make-up Artist
lo Bottoms Receptionist
Paul Greene Ron the Masseur
Eliza Coupe Hotel Room Neighbor
Nicole Trunfio Brunette Bikini Beauty
Timothy Starks LAX VIP Services
Mary McNeal Airline Rep
Ferruccio Calamari Milan VIP Handler
Antonio Bracciani Milan Airport Policeman
Davide Borella Hotel Manager - Milan
Nunzio Alfredo Pupi d'Angieri Pupi
Jo Champa Pupi's Wife
Greta Zamparini Pupi's PR
Stefano Fiorentino Young Rich Man
Laura Chiatti Sylvia
Giorgia Surina Italian TV Reporter
Simona Ventura Telegatto Host
Nino Frassica Telegatto Host
Maurizio Nichetti Telegatto Award Recipient
Paola Turani Telegatto Girl
Marica Pellegrinelli Telegatto Girl
Valeria Marini Telegatto Special Guest
Martina Chiriaco Telegatto Dancer
Jennifer Iacono Telegatto Dancer
Angela Lanotte Telegatto Dancer
Simona Lucia Tauro Telegatto Dancer
Marco Gandolfi Vannini Italian Limo Driver
Philip Pavel Hotel Manager
Romulo Laki Romulo
Damian Delgado Victor
Laura Ramsey Naked Blonde with Sailor Cap
Nathalie Love Young Wasted Girl
Caitlin Keats Chateau Lobby Guest
David Jean Thomas Casino Croupier
Peter McKernan Helicopter Pilot
Patrick McKernan Helicopter Ground Safety
C.C. Sheffield Woman Getting Haircut

Technical Credits
Sofia Coppola Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stacey Battat Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Courtney Bright Casting
G. Mac Brown Producer
Robin Conrad Choreography
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Roman Coppola Producer
Nicole Daniels Casting
Sarah Flack Editor
Robert Nagle Stunts
Phoenix Score Composer
Paul Rassam Executive Producer
Fred Roos Executive Producer
Anne Ross Production Designer
Harris Savides Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Rod Smith Asst. Director
Susumu Tokunow Sound Mixer
Shane Valentino Art Director
Roy Waldspurger Sound Editor

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Making Somewhere


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Somewhere 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
This movie basically describes my life. A man that has it all but yet wants more . and it proves all the material things won't make you happy. I enjoy this movie. a movie that's good for a cry when ever you need a good cry.