International Trailer for This Must Be the Place Starring a Goth Sean Penn
07.15.11 by Ryan
Actor Sean Penn has always had an eclectic career, but since he won his second Best Actor Oscar for 2008's Milk, Penn has appeared in a variety of projects, including playing real-life diplomat Joseph Wilson in the docudrama thriller Fair Game and in a supporting role in director Terence Malick's poetic drama The Tree of Life.
Penn's latest role is a wealthy, soft-spoken rock star named Cheyenne in director Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be the Place, which premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival to reportedly mixed reviews. The movie, which follows Penn as he travels to reconnect with his dying father and then treks to find the Nazi officer that tortured his father during World War II, is Sorrentino's first movie in English, but has already secured a release in France, which why Twitch was able to track down a French-subtitled international trailer for the movie. For those wondering, yes, Penn's look was modeled after Robert Smith of the rock band The Cure.
Before watching the trailer, here's the synopsis below.
Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father's persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S. Learning his father is close to death, he travels to New York in the hope of being reconciled with him during his final hours, only to arrive too late. Having been estranged for over 30 years, it is only now in death that he learns the true extent of his father's humiliation in Auschwitz at the hands of former SS Officer Aloise Muller — an event he is determined to avenge. So begins a life-altering journey across the heartland of America to track down and confront his father's nemesis.
Sorrenino co-wrote the script for This Must Be the Place with Umberto Contarello (The Passion Play). The movie opens Aug. 24 in France, but has yet to be given U.S. distribution. Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch co-star.