Stephen Dorff Shines in ‘Somewhere’ Trailer

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Focus Features recently released the first trailer for the new Sofia Coppola film Somewhere, featuring Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan, and Elle Fanning.

The trailer, which can be seen on iTunes, revolves around Dorff’s character – an actor who reexamines his life after being forced to spend time with his young daughter.

Here’s the plot synopsis for the film:

“Set in West Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont hotel, Somewhere tells the story of Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), an actor living life to its excesses until a visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) makes him wake up to face himself.”

It has been four years since Coppola’s last film (the highly stylized Marie-Antoinette) and, from the looks of this trailer, the director is returning to a similar subject matter that earned her multiple Academy Award nominations (and one win) in 2003 for Lost in Translation.

If you don’t see the connection between Somewhere and Lost in Translation, consider how each film hinges on the role that celebrity plays in hindering the development of genuine emotional relationships. In Translation, Bill Murray plays an aging actor who seeks companionship as his career, and his fame, wind down.

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In Somewhere, Dorff plays the opposite role – but with similar emotional baggage. His career is going strong, but his fame has left him emotionally despondent – forcing him to live life “to its excesses.” In both cases, the lead character finds redemption through the help of a “normal” character, i.e. someone untainted by Hollywood and all of its social trappings.

Seeing as Lost in Translation was one of my favorite movies of the last decade, I’m very intrigued by Somewhere. In particular, I’m impressed by Dorff’s performance. Obviously, simply judging by the trailer, you can’t get a solid sense of whether he’ll bring his a-game to the entire film – but it looks like this could be a breakout performance for the 36-year-old actor.

What do you think of the trailer for Somewhere? Could this be the role that makes Stephen Dorff a major leading man in Hollywood?

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  1. I love when the summer is upon us when we’re stuffed with explosions, sight gags, and superheroes and a trailer for a serious film comes out and we get that very small little feeling of Oscar buzz. Not saying that that’s what this will be, I’m just saying that I love that feeling when a trailer for a movie featuring someone like sofia coppola hits and I remember that once summer ends we get award season. :)

  2. Lost in Translation is my all-time favorite film. I don’t think this will top that film though I was worried about the premise. Yet, the look and what Sofia could be aiming for had me relieved. I enjoyed Marie Antoinette which I thought was more of a radical interpretation of the period film and bio-pic rather than something that was conventional. This along with “Tree of Life” are my most anticipated films of the year which is sad considering that 2010 sucks hardcore in films.

  3. Yes, yes. This looks good.

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