Watched Jun 21, 2012
Charlotte Gregory’s review:
Adrift in a sea of pills, alcohol and women and holed up in Hollywood's notorious Chateau Marmont, actor Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) leads a comfortably numb existence as a celebrity. His 11 year-old daughter Cleo's (Elle Fanning) occasional visits are the only thing keeping him on the straight and narrow. Not a lot happens in Sofia Coppola's fourth feature film, it is languid, lyrical, poetic filmmaking. But never boring. Despite the lack of a complex plot (we see Dorff and Fanning spend the majority of the film in various hotel suites just hanging out), it is a compelling snapshot of the less than glamorous lifestyle of a Tinseltown tabloid celebrity. A theme of ennui is established as Marco sinks into depression, unable to enjoy his life and surrounding wealth. What makes the film special is that Marco is a nice guy, nothing special, just someone who got lucky and knows it. His bond with Fanning is touching and cute, making him human and likeable.