79. Sofia Coppola
LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, MARIE ANTOINETTE, SOMEWHERE
Though it’d be easy to tag Sofia Coppola’s accomplishments as nothing more than the result of nepotism, it’s far more fruitful to see what she has done with her admittedly privileged life. After announcing herself as a talent to watch with the haunting The Virgin Suicides, a film about institutional suffocation and first love, her films have focused on wealthy protagonists as a means to get to the heart of who people really are when all external obstacles are removed. Sometimes they’ll be far more curious and open-minded than they expect (Lost in Translation); sometimes they’ll be isolated (Marie Antoinette); sometimes they can’t even seem to relate to anyone (Somewhere). Her direction is characterized by the most delicate touch, a slight dip into the untapped emotional valley in which her characters drown.
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