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Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” strikes a low key with Venice critics

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m still waiting for Sofia Coppola’s masterpiece. “Lost in Translation” didn’t work for me, though I found it infinitely more rewarding than her shallow “Marie Antoinette.”

It sounds like I’ll be waiting a little bit longer.

“Somewhere,” Coppola’s latest film about a once-famous actor (Stephen DOrff) coping with grief and the arrival of his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), premiered in Venice and is receiving faint praise from the journalists in Italy covering the fest.

The Playlist does a great job of collecting the assorted comments off of Twitter and other movie sites. Here’s the gist.

The Guardian pans it, saying, “Coppola is arguably very indulgent to both daddy and daughter, and to the rich and famous generally, and audiences may be bemused or exasperated, according to taste.”

The London Evening Standard adds that the film “has no big dramatic moments” and that it “may last in the memory a little more than Marie Antoinette, if not quite as long as Lost In Translation.”

Others appreciated the film’s low-low-key approach to the material, however. Variety said “Somewhere” is “a quiet heartbreaker,” and that Dorff’s performance is “steeped in morning-after regret.” The mag admits, though, that the result “is sure to frustrate those who require their plots thick and their emotions underlined, but Focus Features should be able to court a small, discerning audience willing to get on the film’s delicate wavelength.”

We’ll see. “Somewhere” will have a gradual European rollout before opening in the States on Dec. 24.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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