movie: This Must Be The Place
starring: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand
format; Netflix Canada
plot: A former rockstar finds himself on a road trip of revenge after the death of his father.
This is sort of a go nowhere inner journey film. The lead character spends the first half of the film just trying to get through day to day stuff, before learning his father has died. This causes him to travel half way across the world from Ireland to the U.S. after the funeral, he learns that his father was once tortured in WWII, and decides for some reason to hunt down the last known nazi war criminal for revenge. From that point on, he sort of floats around from place to place "following the clues" meeting people related to his intended victim.
I'm not sure what the point of having Penn's character speaking really slowly in hushed strain your ears tones was, but it made the film feel about a year longer than it really was. The only thing I can think of is that they were trying to make it seem like he'd really gotten messed up from all the years of drugs. The end has him show up at a friend's place having finally removed his goth look. The message I'm supposing to that, is just because something tragic happens, it doesn't mean you have to be stuck in that moment for the rest of your life. There is a scene where he breaks into the guy's house, drinks all his alcohol and then sees a large Buffalo which made no sense to me. I don't know if the Buffalo was a metaphor or a dream or really suppose to be there?
what did I learn? If you see a Buffalo standing outside your window be the tree.