Last week, I rewatched my favourite film, Somewhere, and honestly, I can’t write a review – I love everything. Instead, I’ll share some of what I love about that film.
Sofia Coppola’s direction
The first word that describes Coppola’s style to me is unique. The second is beautiful. Somewhere was her first film I saw and for me, is to this day the perfect representation of what it means to have her as a director.
depiction of loneliness and emptiness
deptction of the actor life
From the glamour that usually surrounds the rich and famous Hollywood life, Somewhere is refreshing in showing how one–dimensional it can be, and how horridly hallow. It tells us, honestly and brutally, how lonely it gets.
With Cleo’s help, Johnny learns a lot about himself, life, growing up and being a parent. Somewhere is simply that journey.
the beginning & the ending
The beginning and ending both have Johnny alone on the road. Where he started having nothing, he had something in the end. Hope.
Without reserve, I’d say Elle Fanning is one of the best actresses on the market right now and it’s a matter of time when Dakota becomes known as the “other sister.”
any scene with eating or food
Adorable! The breakfast scene is pure genius.
Johnny is so flawed that it’s almost too much. Almost. He is one of the most human characters I’ve ever seen on a screen. Nothing about him is hidden in Somewhere.
the skating scene
From the beautiful and inspiring scenes, this is my favourite of them all.
Thank you, Sofia Coppola. This, I cannot explain by words – I can just say that watch this film.
the singing scene
Am I just listing my favourite scenes? …maybe.
It’s not much, but it’s gorgeous and it’s exactly right. I’ll Try Everything Once and My Hero haunt me days after.
the award show & the Italians
Hilarious, genius, perhaps a bit stereotypical, but I’ve been to Italy three times and everything I saw was this. The award show was just goddamn sweet and funny.
There are so many things Coppola could have done with this film to make it more appealing to the critics. Instead, she made the film she wanted to make. And what came out is wonderful.
“Can I have a ticket to Somewhere?”
Alright, it sounds better in Estonian.
Every scene that drags is a million times worth it.
the poetic hypnotism
Coppola’s style, Stephen Dorff’s or Fanning’s skill, cinematography, the score – whatever it was, it gave us 98 minutes of visual poetry.
the father–daughter theme
As someone who has grown up living with her dad, I love love love love this representation of a father–daughter relationship. It’s extremely relatable, even if my dad’s not a movie star and I’m not as adorable as Elle Fanning. And still, even if I wasn’t as close to the topic as I am, I think I’d still recognise my own life in there, in some way or another, because this film is, in a way, simply about a very pure kind of love.
Have you seen Somewhere and did you like it? What do you think about the most critisized issue – were Coppola’s themes too repetitive, considering her earlier work?