POSTED April 7 2013

Sofia Coppola, lost and found

Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst on the set ofMarie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst on the set ofMarie Antoinette

From the DGA Quarterly, a consideration of Sofia Coppola’s film language. Like her four previous features, The Bling Ring (due out in June) focuses on young people in transition. It features her signature shot, shadowing a character from behind in a way that it feels like the camera is a balloon tethered to the nape of her subject’s neck.

Whether her camera stalks Scarlett Johansson exploring a Buddhist temple in Kyoto in Lost in Translation (2003) or Kirsten Dunst entering Versailles in Marie Antoinette (2006) or Emma Watson, teenage celebrity stalker in The Bling Ring, Coppola gentles you into their drifts and their dreams.

Lost in Translation is everyone’s favorite Sofia Coppola film, but I’m also partial to The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette because of how they create a dream state. You?



  1. Gary Kramer says:

    There is a scene in Coppola’s VIRGIN SUICIDES where one of the oldest daughters is dancing at a prom. She expresses, “This is the BEST night of my life,” and Coppola shows in that very shot why this is true, (and given the title, that point resonates). I knew right then she was a masterful filmmaker, and seeing evidence of Elle Fanning’s character cooking breakfast for her irresponsible father Stephen Dorff in SOMEWHERE only confirmed it.

  2. HENRI says:

    A tie: “The Virgin Suicides” and “Lost in Translation”

  3. You forgot “Somewhere” — a father/daughter reconciliation film that’s underrated and quite lovely.

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