Watch: New Clip From Cannes Entry 'This Must Be The Place' With Sean Penn & Frances McDormand

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 9, 2011 1:23 AM
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If you hadn't already clocked it, the 2011 Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday night, and every day it gets closer we get more excited by the cinematic riches on the way. Our man's packing his bags for the Croisette as we speak, but the rest of us are making do with the clips and images that have started to leak out. The last few days have seen footage from Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" and Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin That I Live In" hit the interwebs, both looking extremely promising, and the weekend brought some video from one more of the starrier offering that'll be lighting up the South of France this year: Paolo Sorrentino's "This Must Be The Place," with Sean Penn.

"This Must Be The Place" is a little more... oblique at this point. We were mostly big fans of Sorrentino's last film, the politically charged "Il Divo," so we've been cautiously looking forward to his English-language follow-up, which stars Penn as an aging, Robert Smith-style rock star who heads out on a mission to track down the Nazi war criminal who tormented his father. Frances McDormand also stars, and she makes an appearance in this clip, as Penn's character bids her farewell before he goes to visit his father.

Penn's performance seems to be fairly hysterical and out-there (if you've ever wanted to see the Oscar-winner do the "Arrested Development" Charlie Brown walk, you're in luck), and it's typically lushly shot, but we genuinely have no idea how this one will turn out: the premise and footage so far seems to suggest such a weird meld of tones that, if any film at the festival is heading for a "Southland Tales"-style critical evisceration this year, it would seem to be this one. We'll obviously bring you our verdict as soon as we see it, but if nothing else, the soundtrack should be pretty special, being a collaboration between "Talking Heads" frontman David Byrne, who's also making a cameo in the film, and Will Oldham, better known as Bonnie Prince Billy. Also, check out a new pic from the film below as well.


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6 Comments

  • Cheese | May 9, 2011 6:24 AMReply

    Damn this clip just ruined the movie for me because now I know Sean Penn's doing his I Am Sam shtick again. Why does he have to play every role as if the character's mentally challenged??

  • ProgGrrl | May 9, 2011 4:36 AMReply

    After that "Kevin" clip played, DailyMotion's autoplaylist displayed 2 additional clips from the film... the one with Kevin as a teenager is suitably bone-chilling... CHILD FROM HELL, etc... Can't wait to see this.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | May 9, 2011 3:10 AMReply

    I didn't know they made a sequel to "I Am Sam."

  • Christopher Bell | May 9, 2011 3:08 AMReply

    I agree about 'Kevin', but the gist is the movie is that it's Swinton's character looking back and remembering certain events. So if they're elevated to a certain degree, it works in that emotional context - scenes are exaggerated to suit how she recalls them.

  • jon | May 9, 2011 3:05 AMReply

    There should be a ban instituted against using "Für Alina" in movies.

  • James | May 9, 2011 2:38 AMReply

    Paolo Sorrentino didn't actually have anything to do with I Am Love, that was Luca Guadagnino. He did do the non-Tilda Swinton starring Consequences of Love in 2004. It was a very good film though, as were Il Divo and the Family Friend, his other 2 movies. That said, Penn is out on a limb with this one. Maybe his character's on drugs in that scene? I couldn't watch a whole movie of whatever that is.

    The 'Kevin' clip looks a bit... on the nose.

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