This Must Be The Place Starring a Goth Sean Penn Added to Sundance, New Trailer Released
12.20.11 by Ryan
The independent drama This Must Be the Place premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May to reportedly mixed reviews, but will get a chance at redemption early next year after recently being added to at the Sundance Film Festival line-up for January.
Starring Sean Penn as a retired rock star named Cheyenne, This Must Be the Place follows the character's journey to find the Nazi officer that tortured his father during World War II and is now living as a refugee in the U.S. From what the new trailer shows, it looks like another memorable performance from Penn. His Robert Smith-looking Cheyenne has a temperament falling somewhere between the simplicity of Penn's convict character of Jim from 1989's We're No Angels and the kindness of Sam from 2001's I Am Sam, but ultimately the performance stands on its own.
Below is the official synopsis for This Must Be the Place.
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.
This Must Be the Place is the English-language debut for Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo), who co-wrote the script with Umberto Contarello (The Passion Play). Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch co-star.