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Watch: Danger is Sean Penn’s Middle Name in ‘This Must Be the Place’ Trailer (VIDEO)

Watch: Danger is Sean Penn's Middle Name in 'This Must Be the Place' Trailer (VIDEO)

Fifteen seconds into the trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place,” and Sean Penn awkward laughing as has-been rock star Cheyenne — a breathy giggle that emanates from lips tinged with red lipstick — helps to immediately set the tone for the remaining minute and 45 seconds.

It’s a light, quirky trailer — bouncy, almost — though the issues that thrust it forward are indisputably dark: Cheyenne, after learning of his father’s passing, sets out on the road (Kerouac-style) to seek out his father’s persecutor during his time at Auschwitz so many years ago. It also seems to play out as a coming-of-(middle)-age story — Cheyenne appears uncomfortable in his own skin, his nervous giggles betraying the façade of an otherwise bored man.
Juggling the Holocaust and daddy issues in one film is a heavy task; considering, in particular, that Penn’s character admits only knowing about the Holocaust and his father “in a general sort of way.” Whatever the case may be — with original music written by David Bryne of Talking Heads and a fantastic clip of Penn dribbling Jägermeister down his cheek — “This Must Be the Place” looks to be quite the trip.
“This Must Be the Place” opens on November 2nd via The Weinstein Company.


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