“Somewhere” is Sofia Coppola’s follow-up to the bright and colorful “Marie Antoinette”. “Somewhere” is without a doubt one of her best films. It stars Stephen Dorff as Johnny Marco a famous actor that spends his time having a good time at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. He drinks and parties on a daily basis which drastically changes when his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) comes to stay with him for a few weeks. He develops a deeper relationship with his daughter which leads to him reflecting on the way that he is living his life.
Stephen Dorff really surprised me with his performance in this film. I always viewed him as an average actor who looks like a badass. However in this film his role as Johnny Marco displays a loneliness and vulnerability that you haven’t seen from Dorff. Marco is a an actor who is riding the wave of success and celebrity. He drives a sports-car and has casual sex with beautiful women who pass his way.
Underneath this Marco is dissatisfied with his Hollywood lifestyle. He seems to be searching for something to awaken him from his routine. There are several scenes of Marco just sitting in his hotel room looking extremely bored. He is both lonely and wanting more in his life. His daughter unexpectedly provides that much needed meaning to his life when she comes to spend time with him. She idolizes him and he begins to see himself as a father instead of just a temporary guardian of Cleo.
I really enjoyed this film and have to say it surpasses Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” by a few points. The relationship between Marco and his daughter is one of fragility where both of them are trying to understand each other and carefully trying to bridge the separateness of one another’s lives.