Sean Penn Wears Makeup, Hunts Nazis In This Must Be The Place Trailer

By Sean O'Connell 2011-12-21 15:03:32discussion comments
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How is Robert Smith of The Cure not suing Sean Penn for, I donít know, copyright infringement? Have you seen the Oscar winning actor in promotional images for Paolo Sorrentinoís This Must Be the Place? Heís virtually playing the Goth rocker, only instead of crooning ďPictures of YouĒ or "Friday I'm In Love" heís hunting the Nazi war criminal who persecuted his father. I know it sounds strange, but the full Place trailer (via BleedingCool likely will explain in greater detail:



In addition to Pennís performance, which is delightfully quiet and quirky, Iím struck by the imagery in Sorrentinoís cinematography. That shot of an open highway leading into a cloudy sky is gorgeous. There are a number of eye-catching images in the trailer, and Iím not just talking about Goth Penn (though heís hard to forget).

The story, from Umberto Contarello, is also hard to forget. Penn plays Cheyenne, a 50-year-old former musician who visits his father on his death bed, only to learn that the manís unfulfilled life quest was to find the Nazi who tormented him in the camps of WWII. Feeling his owes his father something, Cheyenne takes up the mission.

The tone of this trailer calls to Liev Schreiberís directorial debut Everything Is Illuminated, which also had a WTF bravado that it wore like a badge of honor. I hadnít heard great things about Place from its film festival stops, but this clip makes we want to see it ASAP. Added bonus: The music of Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, who appears as himself.
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