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It covers familiar territory for Sofia Coppola, but Somewhere remains a hypnotic, seductively pensive meditation on the nature of celebrity, anchored by charming performances from Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning.



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"Somewhere" is a witty, moving, and empathetic look into the orbit of actor Johnny Marco. You have probably seen him in the tabloids; Johnny is living at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. He has a Ferrari to drive around in, and a constant stream of girls and pills to stay in with. Comfortably numbed, Johnny drifts along. Then, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo from his failed marriage arrives unexpectedly at the Chateau. Their encounters encourage Johnny to face up to where he is in life and confront the question that we all must: which path in life will you take?

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Stephen Dorff
as Johnny Marco
Sylvia Desrochers
as Rebecca's Publicist
John Prudhont
as Chateau Patio Waiter
Ruby Corley
as Patio Girl
Angela Lindvall
as Blonde in Mercedes
Erin Wasson
as Party Girl #1
Alexandra Williams
as Party Girl #2
Nathalie Fay
as Party Girl #3
Maryna Linchuk
as Vampire Model
Meghan Collision
as Vampire Model
Meghan Collison
as Vampire Model
Jessica Renae Miller
as Vampire Model
Renee Roca
as Ice Skating Instructor
Aurélien Wiik
as French Guy
Lauren Hastings
as Pretty Girl
Brian Gattas
as Studio PR Man
Randa Walker
as Eager PR Woman
Christopher James Taylor
as Press Photographer
Silvia Bizio
as Italian Journalist
Noel de Souza
as Indian Journalist
Lisa Lu
as Chinese Journalist
Alexander Nevsky
as Russian Journalist
Aida Takla-O'Reilly
as Egyptian Journalist
Emanuel Levy
as Israeli Journalist
H.J. Park
as Korean Journalist
Jordu Schell
as SPFX Make-up Artist
Joey Rocket
as SPFX Make-up Artist
Jack Firman, Jr.
as SPFX Make-up Artist
lo Bottoms
as Receptionist
Io Bottoms
as Receptionist
Paul Greene
as Ron the Masseur
Eliza Coupe
as Hotel Room Neighbor
Nicole Trunfio
as Brunette Bikini Beauty
Timothy Starks
as LAX VIP Services
Mary McNeal
as Airline Rep
Ferruccio Calamari
as Milan VIP Handler
Antonio Bracciani
as Milan Airport Policeman
Davidé Borella
as Hotel Manager - Milan
Jo Champa
as Pupi's Wife
Greta Zamparini
as Pupi's PR
Stefano Fiorentino
as Young Rich Man
Giorgia Surina
as Italian TV Reporter
Simona Ventura
as Telegatto Host
Nino Frassica
as Telegatto Host
Maurizio Nichetti
as Telegatto Award Recipient
Paola Turani
as Telegatto Girl
Marica Pellegrinelli
as Telegatto Girl
Valeria Marini
as Telegatto Special Guest
Martina Chiriaco
as Telegatto Dancer
Jennifer Iacono
as Telegatto Dancer
Angela Lanotte
as Telegatto Dancer
Simona Lucia Tauro
as Telegatto Dancer
Marco Gandolfi Vannini
as Italian Limo Driver
Philip Pavel
as Hotel Manager
Laura Ramsey
as Naked Blonde with Sailor Cap
Nathalie Love
as Young Wasted Girl
Caitlin Keats
as Chateau Lobby Guest
David Jean Thomas
as Casino Croupier
Peter McKernan Jr.
as Helicopter Pilot
Peter McKernan, Sr.
as Helicopter Pilot
Patrick McKernan
as Helicopter Ground Safety
C.C. Sheffield
as Woman Getting Haircut
Ray Garcia
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Critic Reviews for Somewhere

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (49)

  • It seems impossible that this heavy-handed, self-serious movie comes from writer-director Sofia Coppola.

    Feb 4, 2011 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • The best movie directors aren't just masters of technical craft: They also are artists capable of showing you the world through their eyes -- of making you see and feel exactly what they do.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Coppola is brilliant at capturing mood: With cinematographer Harris Savides, her languid camera depicts California melancholy. But substance isn't her game.

    Jan 21, 2011 | Full Review…
  • If you're impressed by the fact that this won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival, go look up the price of a flight to Venice.

    Jan 14, 2011 | Full Review…
  • There's no denying Coppola displays great understanding of wealthy ennui in Somewhere. And as a film stylist, she hits some fine grace notes. Still, she and we have been here before, and empty hotel life does have its limits.

    Jan 14, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • "Somewhere" is a distinctly European exercise in observational nuance and tonal restraint in which Coppola stretches static images to the breaking point.

    Jan 14, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Somewhere


Sofia Coppola is such a sensitive and talented director, and she seems to know well what she is talking about here, taking an interesting look at the meaningless life of an actor among empty pastimes and ephemeral pleasures. A delicate film that observes and shows a lot more than it says.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Among the greatness that was "Lost in Translation," Sofia Coppola directs a very simple, yet elegant film that explores the life of a divorced actor who bnds with his daughter, taking her along on his trips. With many one-shot scenes, you can really immerse yourself in this world with the characters and when a movie can pull that off I love it. The big problem that this film has its that it is very simple and very slow, so I only recommend this film if you are willing to get into a film. Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning are a believable father/daughter duo and nothing about them felt forced, aside from the fact that he is a huge movie star in the film and there are moments where he is able to drive a car around without anyone noticing. This is just a few nitpicks though, because "Somewhere" is a great film. Sofia Coppola has come along way in directing feature films and there is something about every one of her films that intrigues me. "Somewhere" is not a perfect film, but it is something special in my eyes.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

While receiving mysterious and threatening text messages, an actor takes care of his daughter. Slow and unencumbered by sticky inconveniences like plot and character development, Somewhere goes nowhere. The film drifts from one episodic bit of nonsense to the next. All the while, father and daughter enjoy conveniences that no normal person could aspire to, and some mysterious plotline about threatening text messages wanders in on its way to another film. I never think about Stephen Dorff, but I'm always glad when I see him in a film. For a while, I was compelled by his performance, but when I realized that the film forgot to figure out what its plot is, I stopped caring. Overall, I'm starting to think that Sofia Coppola's one trick was Lost in Translation, but then there's The Virgin Suicides too, so I guess she's a two-trick pony.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Sofia Coppola's Somewhere is a slow moving, but nonetheless engaging film for the patient minded audience. For impatient movie goers, this is something to stay away from. By this point in Coppola's career, it's obvious she has a lot of talent. Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides were both excellent films, and Somewhere is a very good addition to her filmography.  Johnny is a bored, passionless Hollywood actor that has secluded himself at a hotel. He goes out only to do the obligatory duties of his career. His life is changed when his 11 year old daughter stays with him for awhile. He begins to slowly look at what his life has become and reexamine it.  Somewhere is a movie I enjoyed very much. It has Sofia Coppola's signature atmospheric tone to it, and Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning both give terrific performances. Elle Fanning is the life of the movie, and we see her slowly reinvigorate that life in Dorff's character. This definitely isn't a movie for everyone though, as it seems to be the case with all of Coppola's films. For fans of her style though, this is a definite must see.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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