Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I saw this Sofia Coppola film a few days ago and am still digesting it, in a way. It's a minimalist study of a film actor (played with subtleness by Stephen Dorff) and the daughter (Elle Fanning) that comes to live with him for a few weeks at the Chateau Marmont. It's sort of a slice of a slice of life film in which nothing much happens, except that emotionally the actor, named Johnny Marko, seems to come alive in the presence of his daughter. It's the type of movie that lulls you along, and I wished it had more of an impact at the end of the film (there seemed to be quite a lot of symbolism/significance attached to Johnny's Italian sports car and it didn't really work for me) but ultimately I found it touching and, most importantly, artful. The dialogue does not particularly matter in this movie but the images, most of which are beautiful, do. Here are some of them:

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