Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Frozen Planet (Blu-ray)
$14.99
RoboCop (Blu-ray)
$5.00
Robots / Horton Hears a Who / Rio (Blu-ray)
$14.99
Seven (Blu-ray)
$4.99
High School of the Dead OVA: Drifters of the Dead (Blu-ray)
$4.99
History of the World: Part I (Blu-ray)
$6.16
Somewhere in Time (Blu-ray)
$10.49
Far and Away (Blu-ray)
$10.49
Mallrats (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Intolerable Cruelty (Blu-ray)
$10.49
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Blu-ray)
$4.00
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Blu-ray)
$5.99
High Plains Drifter (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Little Busters!: Collection 1 (Blu-ray)
$29.99
Vikings: Season One (Blu-ray)
$21.99
Hold Your Breath (Blu-ray)
$8.75
Weird Science (Blu-ray)
$6.96
The Blues Brothers (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Kokoro Connect: TV Complete Collection (Blu-ray)
$29.99


Releases


 Release calendar
 New releases
 Coming soon
 New covers
 Recently listed

Reviews


 New reviews
 New user reviews

Top lists


 Best movies (all time)

Best movies by year


 2014
 2013
 2012
 2011
 2010
 2009
 2008
 2007
 2006
 2005
 2004
 2003
 2002
 2001
 2000
 1999
 1998
 1997
 1996
 1995
 1994
 1993
 1992
 1991
 1990
 1989
 1988
 1987
 1986
 1985
 1984
 1983
 1982
 1981
 1980
 1979
 1978
 1977
 1976
 1975
 1974
 1973
 1972
 1971
 1970
 1969
 1968
 1967
 1966
 1965

Search


 Search movies


This Must Be the Place


2011 | 118 min | Unrated | 2.39:1

This Must Be the Place

Rating


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
6.3
/10
26
ratings.


User reviews


No user reviews yet, post one

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Comedy-

4
fans

167
Blu-ray
collections
6
DVD
collections

Theatrical release date


 31 December, 2011
 06 April, 2012

Country of origin


 United States

Box office


 $143,979

Links


           

Overview Preview Cast & crew User reviews News Forum

Screenshots from This Must Be the Place Blu-ray

This Must Be the Place Preview  

6
 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, November 1, 2012

“This Must Be the Place” is a densely atmospheric feature and oddly evocative travelogue of America. It’s a movie with an enticing set-up and a wonderfully committed performance from star Sean Penn, but it always strains to resist obvious directions, preferring to take an esoteric journey into soul of a confused man finally reaching maturity well into his middle-age. It’s a gorgeous film with endlessly fascinating cinematography, but for a two-hour sit, the plot doesn’t add up to much in the end, almost getting in the way of co-writer/director Paolo Sorrentino and his quest to make the oddest road picture/revenge story around. He succeeds for much of “This Must Be the Place,” but it’s not an effort that lingers long after it concludes.



A former music superstar from the depths of the 1980s, Cheyenne (Sean Penn) now lives an uncomfortably quiet life in a Dublin estate shared with wife Jane (Frances McDormand). Spending most of his day in routine and silence, Cheyenne makes trips into town, befriending a kindred spirit in Mary (Eve Hewson). When word arrives that his estranged father, a Holocaust survivor, is gravely ill, Cheyenne makes the decision to return to America and visit before the end, combating his phobias and doubts to try to reconcile with his troubled past. Arriving too late, Cheyenne is made aware of his father’s obsession with his Auschwitz captor, a Nazi named Lange who’s currently hiding somewhere in the U.S. Gathering the barest of clues and a series of illustrations detailing Lange’s family, the former rocker takes off across the country, greeting numerous strangers and enduring a few setbacks before his target presents himself, hoping to kill Lange to bring his late father peace.

The utter triumph of “This Must Be the Place” is Sean Penn’s ability to slip inside Cheyenne and transform himself into such a distinctly sullen character completely incapable of the flashy behaviors the actor is typically drawn to. Cheyenne is an odd duck, but a personality worth a cinematic study. Dressed as a Robert Smith clone with strangled jet-black hair (which always gets in his face), carrying himself like a singer who barely squeezed out of the other side of fame alive, Penn commits to this a reclusive figure with a dazed and confused performance, realizing Cheyenne as a fiftysomething senior citizen who staggers around his property and town clinging to a cart, observing the world from a place of total weariness born from a lifetime of unsettling life experiences. It’s a marvelous work from the actor, establishing a richly defined character Sorrentino uses to guide the oddity of the screenplay, with this wobbly man buried somewhere underneath five pounds of Aqua Net and red lipstick an alien figure preparing the viewer for a screen odyssey that values random behavior, eccentric supporting characters, and an assassination mission that’s constantly shifting in urgency and perspective, rotating on stark voiceover offerings that piece together memories and feelings on the Holocaust.



While taking on a peculiar plot, “This Must Be the Place” is a decidedly visual experience, with cinematography by Luca Bigazzi generating a smoothly unnerving sense of movement and exploration that matches Cheyenne’s foray into American life. Sorrentino selects uncomfortable and strange locations to aid the picture’s disorientation, finding tremendous inspiration when the action shifts to America, emphasizing the tentative, aspiring killer’s appearance in the land of simple folk, with visits to bars and hotels instigating uneasy interactions with the locals, including an impromptu ping pong lesson with teen boys. Music also plays a role in “This Must Be the Place,” finding David Byrne accepting a small role as himself, allowing Cheyenne to express his fears to a peer, also supplying the effort with a musical performance that adds to the movie’s mission to bend perspective wherever possible.

The Nazi-hunting motivation doesn’t produce a type of thriller experience initially promised and hinted throughout. The screenplay instead aims for a leisurely pace of introductions and accidents, sizing up those who manage to pull a response of out Cheyenne along the way, including an unstoppable businessman (Shea Whigham) and Lange’s lonely granddaughter (Kerry Condon). Those expecting a more robust conclusion would be wise to note that Sorrentino is more interested in the journey than the resolution.



“This Must Be the Place” isn’t emotionally or dramatically satisfying in the least, but it has a visual fingerprint that’s worth a look, boosted by an undeniably memorable performance from Penn. It’s best appreciated for its originality of thought and interpretation of American life via an Italian director, not for its dedication to the urgent particulars of its outlandish plot.

Starring: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton, Joyce Van Patten
Director: Paolo Sorrentino

» See full cast & crew


This Must Be the Place, Forum Discussions



Topic
Replies
Last post


Have you seen this movie?



Rate and write your own review

 


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals



* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.



Top Blu-ray Deals

 


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »


 Top movies


Latest Deals United States



The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »


Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Mallrats
2. Frozen
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
4. RoboCop
5. Gravity
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
8. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: V...
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
11. Gravity 3D
12. The Wolf of Wall Street
13. The Jungle Book
14. Despicable Me 2
15. Ride Along

Trending in Theaters
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Transcendence
3. The Raid 2
4. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
5. Frozen
6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
7. RoboCop
8. Noah
9. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
10. The LEGO Movie
11. Oculus
12. Rio 2
13. The Grand Budapest Hotel
14. Under the Skin
15. Ride Along

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Frozen
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3.  Gravity
4.  Frozen Planet
5.  The Pirate Fairy
6.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
7.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third...
8.  RoboCop
9.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
10.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D
  » See more top sellers


Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  Lone Survivor
2.  RoboCop
3.  The Lego Movie
4.  Sorcerer
5.  Noah
6.  The Lego Movie
7.  The Monuments Men
8.  Pompeii 3D
9.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
10.  True Detective: The Complete First ...
  » See more pre-orders


Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Frozen
$19.96, Save 56%
2.  Frozen Planet
$14.99, Save 73%
3.  The Pirate Fairy
$19.96, Save 46%
4.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
$19.99, Save 50%
5.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third...
$34.99, Save 56%
6.  RoboCop
$5.00, Save 75%
7.  Mary Poppins
$19.96, Save 50%
8.  Ender's Game
$17.96, Save 55%
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street
$19.96, Save 50%
10.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
$19.99, Save 50%
  » See more deals



Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals


Frozen Planet

 United States


$54.98 $14.99





RoboCop

 United States


$19.99 $5.00





Robots / Horton Hears a Who / Rio

 United States


$34.99 $14.99





Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »



This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 Blu-ray.com. All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices