Sofia Coppola's filmography continued to evolve, showcasing her versatility as a director and her ability to explore diverse themes and genres. Her third film, 'Marie Antoinette' (2006), was a biographical drama based on Antonia Fraser's biography of the iconic French queen. Kirsten Dunst portrayed the titular character, and the film received mixed reviews upon its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. However, over the years, it has gained critical acclaim for its unconventional take on the historical figure and its use of modern music juxtaposed with period settings.
In 2010, Sofia released 'Somewhere,' a family drama set at the Chateau Marmont, exploring the life of a troubled actor played by Stephen Dorff and his unexpected bonding with his daughter, portrayed by Elle Fanning. The film won the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, further solidifying Sofia's status as a prominent filmmaker.
Sofia's next project, 'The Bling Ring' (2013), delved into the world of celebrity-obsessed teenagers who burgled the homes of Hollywood stars. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received positive reviews for its style and performances. However, it also faced criticism for potentially glamorizing the crimes and failing to provide a strong moral or critical stance on the events depicted. Some critics argued that 'The Bling Ring' simply showcased the characters' materialistic pursuits without delving into the underlying issues.
Based on actual events and inspired by a Vanity Fair article, 'The Bling Ring' explored the lives of a group of California teenagers who became infatuated with celebrity culture and resorted to robbing the homes of their favorite stars. The film featured an ensemble cast, including Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, and Claire Julien, who delivered strong performances that added depth to their characters.
Sofia Coppola's direction in 'The Bling Ring' was marked by her signature style, blending visual aesthetics with contemporary music to create a unique atmosphere. While the film garnered praise for its stylish portrayal of the characters' lives, it also raised questions about whether it inadvertently glorified their actions.
Critics argued that the movie could have gone further in exploring the consequences of the characters' behavior and providing a more critical commentary on society's obsession with fame and materialism. Despite these criticisms, 'The Bling Ring' added another dimension to Sofia Coppola's filmography and continued to showcase her ability to capture the zeitgeist of contemporary youth culture.