Somewhere, Review

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 Years Of Solitude is so widely acclaimed that it was translated into 37 languages, but when I was reading it, I couldn’t find anything amazing about it. It was tedious, it was repetitive, it went around and around in its own little world and then I arrived at the last paragraph. Brilliant. I wanted to start reading it all over again. Everything was worth it just for that one moment of realisation.

There was no moment of epiphany while watching Somewhere. Instead I gradually realised that the silence which I had characterised as an inability to write dialogue was a masterful demonstration that not everything can be said. I came away from the movie, not with a conclusion, but with a feeling that was a lot more beautiful and which I would happily follow and try to find again.

Sofia Coppola wrote and directed this award winning movie about a hedonistic celebrity father who is left to take care of his 11 year old daughter for a slightly longer period of time than usual. Stephen Dorff plays the star in the spotlight and the father of Cleo played by Elle Fanning. The soundtrack is evocative and surprising in its current and slightly more solid choices. The cinematography works well and the scenes make up for the lack of dialogue which permeates the movie but isn’t quite silence.

The movie has its UK film release on Friday December 10 and is playing at the Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

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