Cheyenne is a long retired gothic pop star living off his royalties and generally hiding out in Dublin. Having been estranged from his father for nearly as long as he has been out of the public eye, Cheyenne vows to make amends with his late father by tracking down the Nazi who tortured him in a WWII prison camp. This quest is brought on partially through his father’s death, and partially out of the general frustration Cheyenne is going through, a listlessness that he can’t quite break free from.
It’s refreshing to see Sean Penn do some actual acting here and have a nuanced character that he can play around with in Cheyenne. At it’s core, this is a road movie that comes to life more and more as new characters are introduced, including a scene stealing Harry Dean Stanton. Having said that, Sean Penn is in every scene and his applied performance leaves you wanting to see more of this character. The pace is brisk and light, the cinema is colorful without being too saccharine, and any movie that features both an appearance and music by David Byrne is a good movie indeed.
Released in 2011, This Must Be The Place is one that you will have wished you had scene in your local indie theater, just for the bragging rights among your peers alone. It is currently enjoying quite a popular run on Netflix, and it’s the type of movie that has the unique combination of being modern, fresh, and watchable to a wide spectrum of tastes. You’d really be treating yourself by cleansing your cinematic pallet of all the comic book and horror movies that are going to be around forever and taking the time to check this one out.