Dec 9 2010 Chester Chronicle
SUCCESS is a double-edged sword.
While it affords you greater opportunities, it can also create unreasonably high expectations that set you up for the inevitable fall from grace.
In 2003, writer-director Sofia Coppola was the toast of Tinseltown for her bittersweet romance Lost In Translation.
The film collected numerous awards including an Oscar for Best Original screenplay and nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
Three years later, the adulation turned to boos at the Cannes Film Festival when the local audience reacted angrily to her visually dazzling portrait of Marie Antoinette.
For her fourth feature, Coppola touches on some of the same themes as Lost In Translation, exploring the internal strife of a Hollywood actor who is caught off guard by a surprise visit from his 11-year-old daughter.
In the same way that the writer-director revived the faltering career of Bill Murray, she now resurrects Stephen Dorff, providing him with a meaty role as a soulless man, who turns on the charm when the cameras are rolling.
Film star Johnny Marco (Dorff) has taken up permanent residence in room 59 of the Chateau Marmont hotel and breaks up the tedium of his days off set by going for a drive in his black Ferrari.
A private performance from pole-dancing twins sends him asleep rather than arousing his ardour and he has to use a wooden step for a photo shoot with a statuesque co-star (Michelle Monaghan).
STAR RATING: ***