Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star who is still rocking the Goth look. Now 50, he relives the days of super-stardom with avid young fan and best friend Mary (Eve Hewson). Living off his royalties he rattles around his grand Dublin mansion until the death of his estranged father calls him to New York.
Reunited with his family, Cheyenne discovers a secret that sends him across America. On a journey through the Midwest, full of surprises and surreal encounters, from New York socialites to ethical gun-shop owners to a reunion with old friend David Byrne of Talking Heads, Cheyenne is on the road trip of his life.
This Must Be The Place has much to recommend it, notably Sean Penn's quirky character study (a likely Oscar-nominated performance), a superb supporting cast and Luca Bigazzi's marvellous cinematography. Bravo.
Determinedly quirky and cool, arresting and ultimately too baffling to be satisfying, although Penn is priceless. Cultdom beckons