Sofia Coppola Makes Shallowness Deep

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Can a character be well rendered not in spite of her vapidity but because of it? And if so, what does that say about how the culture in which people both fictional and real are steeping?

Nick Coccoma of Critics at Large raises these questions and more in his essay about Sofia Coppola’s “unconventional high comedy, coming-of-age tale, and quasi-gangster movie” The Bling Ring.

Read on for more about alienation and suffocation in all of Coppola’s oeuvre, from Lost in Translation to Marie Antoinette and onward.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →