Frequent tabloid fodder, actor Johnny Marco (Dorff) lives an aimless and hedonistic life at the legendary Hollywood hotel, the Chateau Marmont. When his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Fanning) unexpectedly comes to stay, Johnny is forced to re-examine his life choices. Strong, charming performances from Dorff and Fanning but Coppola's thoughtful, slow-paced directing can test the patience of modern audience members accustomed to fast-paced action. It's a matter of taste whether this is engaging and poignant versus tedious and trite. Winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival.
Sofia Coppola went for broke in her candy-colored historical fantasia Marie Antoinette (2006), the kind of indulgent spectacle a film director only gets to attempt after a significant fan base has been established and awards have been bestowed. Though dubious in its history, Coppola’s version of the French aristocracy as ...Read More