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4 cult Sofia Coppola films to see urgently

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For several years, Sofia Coppola has distinguished herself with high quality films. The latter are characterized by the fact that they highlight women often stuck in gilded cages.

The filmmaker is regularly rewarded for her films and moviegoers are impatiently awaiting her new film, Priscilla, which arrives in cinemas in France from this Wednesday, January 3, 2024. Perfect to start this new year… This biographical film about Priscilla Presley, wife of the King, has already won over the crowds. The film was presented in official competition at the famous Venice Film Festival last September and actress Cailee Spaeny won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress.

Now is the perfect time to look back at the rich filmography of Sofia Coppola. Because if she does indeed share a family link with the filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, the director and screenwriter has proven that she is more than just a family name. We have selected 4 essential films directed by Sofia Coppola.

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In 2003, Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray met in a hotel in Tokyo. Their two characters, Americans who did not know each other until then, feel abandoned and alone. On the one hand, Bob is a failing actor who has to shoot a commercial for money when he should be with his family or looking to star in a movie again. On the other, Charlotte accompanies her photographer husband. The latter is more interested in his goal than in the company of his wife. Far from home, they each have difficulty adjusting to the time difference (and culture) and suffer from insomnia. This is where they meet…

Visually remarkable, with extremely accurate staging, Lost in Translationis considered a masterpiece by many movie fans. It was a success as soon as it was released in cinemas. Better ? The film is acclaimed by critics. On the AlloCiné website, Lost in Translation was given a rating of 4.5 out of 5 by the press and 3.8 by spectators.

Among all the awards he won, the feature film was crowned with the Oscar for best original screenplay, two Golden Globes (best actor for Billy Murray and best screenplay) as well as the César for best foreign film. Lost in Translation can be discovered on Paramount+.

In 1793, Queen Marie-Antoinette was guillotined. But who was the unloved wife of Louis XVI? So, with Marie-Antoinette, Sofia Coppola looks back on the life of this queen from Austria who left her mark on History in her own way. Marie-Antoinette was still only a teenager when she was forced to marry Louis XVI, dauphin of the French kingdom. Far from her nation, the young girl discovers a hostile and codified world. She quickly tires of the performance duties that go hand in hand with her role as a wife. She will therefore escape from the stifling life of the court of Versailles thanks to the party and the pleasures…

Colorful and pop, the film is a fairly free rewriting of this historical figure. The sets and costumes are breathtaking. But Marie-Antoinette shines above all thanks to the interpretation of Kirsten Dunst in the title role.

Marie-Antoinette was awarded the Oscar for best costume design and won the National Education Prize at the Festival from Cannes. He was also in competition for the Palme d’Or. The press gives it an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 on the AlloCiné website. Spectators are more timid with a rating of 3.3. The film is available on Paramount+.

Virgin Suicides is the first feature film directed and written by Sofia Coppola. And for a first, the filmmaker hit the nail on the head. She tells us the story of the five Lisbon sisters, teenagers of stunning beauty, in a middle-class suburb of Detroit during the 1970s. Virgin Suicidesopens with the suicide attempt of the youngest of the Lisbon sisters and takes us to the heart of this sororie. Overprotected by their parents, the Lisbon sisters suffocate…

How can we forget Playground Love by the group Air, the marvelous aesthetic of Virgin Suicides or the accurate transcription of adolescent disorder ? For this first film, Sofia Coppola brilliantly adapts the eponymous novel by Jeffrey Eugenides and calls on Kirsten Dunst.

Virgin Suicides obtained two nominations at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. It allowed Sofia Coppola to be recognized as a director with winning the Young Hollywood Awards for Best Director and the MTV Movie Awards for Best Newcomer Filmmaker. On AlloCiné, Virgin Suicides is unanimously praised with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from the press and 3.9 from spectators. Watch on CANAL+ and Paramount+.

It all started with the publication of an article entitled The Suspects Wore Louboutinwritten by Nancy Jo Sales published in Vanity Fair magazine. Sofia Coppola is fascinated by the story of this group of young people obsessed with fame. So obsessed that they stole the equivalent of several million dollars from celebrities in Los Angeles. She therefore decided to make a film about it in 2013. Nicknamed the “Bling Ring”, this “gang” particularly affected Paris Hilton, Megan Fox and Orlando Bloom.

If The Bling Ring has not won over as much as these previous works, the feature film nevertheless benefits from careful production, Phenomenal photography, an exceptional soundtrack and very good actresses. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category. The Bling Ring is available for purchase and rental on CANAL+ and Prime Video.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116