After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless
Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his
eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.
Hollywood actor Johnny Marco, nested in his luxury hotel
of choice, is a stimulated man. Drinking, parties and
women keep a creeping boredom under wraps in between
jobs. He is the occasional father of a bright girl,
Cleo, who may be spoiled but doesn''t act it. When Cleo''s
mother drops her off and leaves town, Johnny brings her
along for the ride, but can he fit an 11-year-old girl
into his privileged lifestyle? Written by Peter Brandt
Somewhere is a 2010 American drama film written and
directed by Sofia Coppola. The film follows Johnny Marco
(played by Stephen Dorff), a newly famous actor, as he
recuperates from a minor injury at the Chateau Marmont,
a well-known Hollywood retreat. Despite money, fame and
professional success, Marco is trapped in an existential
crisis and feels little emotion during his daily life.
When his ex-wife suffers an unexplained breakdown and
goes away, she leaves Cleo (Elle Fanning), their
11-year-old daughter, in his care. They spend time
together and her presence helps Marco mature and accept
adult responsibility. The film explores ennui among
Hollywood stars, the fatherdaughter relationship and
offers an oblique comedy of show business, particularly
Hollywood film-making and the life of a "star".
Somewhere premiered at the 67th Venice International
Film Festival where it received the Golden Lion award
for best picture. Critical opinion was mildly positive.
Reviewers praised the patience of the film''s visual
style and its empathy for a handful of characters, but
some found Somewhere to be too repetitive of themes in
Coppola''s previous work, or did not sympathize with the
protagonist because of his relative success. It was
released to select theaters in the United Kingdom and
Ireland on December 10, 2010, and in the United States
on December 22, 2010.