A film entitled "The Great Beauty" should be one, and this one certainly is. It is also dark, both in terms of light and insight. Its beauty is not sweeping vistas or aerial shots of quilt-like fields or close-ups on tiaras in vitrines; the film's beauty is a metaphor.
Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has a unique style and attitude on display in "This Must Be the Place," starring Sean Penn as depressed rock and roll legend Cheyenne. Quirky and clever, Cheyenne holds forth on the meaning of life even as he seems on the verge of giving up on it.