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Somewhere is a 2010 drama, writer and director Sofia Coppola's fourth feature film, starring Elle Fanning and Stephen Dorff. The film examines similar themes of success and isolation as Coppola's previous works, particularly Lost in Translation. Once again, the protagonist is a celebrity suffering from ennui. Johnny Marco finds himself forced to spend time with his estranged daughter during an Italy tour, and though the two bond, this isn't enough to keep from experiencing an existential crisis.


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  • The Cameo: Several, including Benicio del Toro.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Johnny admits this in tears over the phone.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: In a subtler example than most, Johnny tries to feign interest in the strippers he hires, but he really doesn't seem to care that they're there.
  • Manchild: Played for Drama. Johnny is a grown man in his forties who gets drunk, pops pills, parties and orders strippers day in and day out. He does seem to be maturing out of this by the movie's end, though: he makes pasta rather than ordering room service like he usually does, moves out of the Chateau Marmont, and leaves his flashy Ferrari by the side of the highway.
  • Permastubble: Johnny's default look from day to day. As his depression becomes clearer, it also serves as a subtle Beard of Sorrow.
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  • The Voice: Johnny's wife.


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