Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a successful actor who tries to fill the emptiness of his life with strippers and casual sex. But he comes to rethink his life when his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) comes to stay with him for a few days.
Somewhere is one of those films that believe being boring is the same as being art. Well, I’ve got news for you: It’s not. It’s just being boring.
I never understood the world’s infatuation with Sofia Coppola. The Virgin Suicides is a good film, but her films have been gtting continuously worse since then. Somewhere is no exception to that trend.
It’s hard work making somebody care about the hard times beautiful, rich people are having. Especially when they suffer from depression – a mental illness generally misunderstood by most people. Having battled with depression myself, I know how hard it can get and I’m therefore probably prone to sympathise more easily with sufferers. But even so, I just couldn’t bring myself to care about Johnny or his plight. I was just bored by it.
It seems like such a missed chance because Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning have good chemistry together and they are really sweet as the father and daughter team. There are no big gestures, there’s not much talking and yet you really feel their connection.
But even though their relationship lies at the heart of the movie, Coppola doesn’t spend enough time on them, but rather focusses on repetitive imagery. Which, to her credit, are all symbolic and serve a purpose. But that doesn’t make them any less boring.