Somewhere (S. Coppola, 2010)
This review contains spoilers.
This three-part tale of an actor drifting through life starts by placing us right in the middle of a long stretch of his most mundane activities. Beginning at nowhere in particular, and ending 40 minutes later with his daughter showing up unexpectedly at his door, this section seems to far outstay its welcome. And while its slightly tedious at the time, truthfully, what it does is enhance the middle portion of the film. No, there’s no lifestyle-changing heavy contrast in the way he lives during his time with her, but there is a strong sense of refreshment that I’d liken to the natural contrast of spring following winter. And when the time comes that he realizes a renewing is possible all we need to see is that little smile that crosses his face as the credits begin to roll to know that while the details of what’s to come are unclear and ambiguous, his general state of mind is a complete opposite from where he started. This is as subtle and sweet a redemption tale as you’ll see. 9.25/10