Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Bling Ring (2013)

Director: Sofia Coppola. Cast: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Leslie Mann. 90 min. USA / UK / France / Germany / Japan. Crime/Drama.

Based on the true story of a few teenagers who serially robbed Hollywood Hills celebrity homes in 2008-2009; Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan's included. Similar to the much darker Spring Breakers, the film focuses on the youth's infatuation with celebrity luxury, to the point of intentionally or unintentionally blurring all morality lines. Coppola continues her haunting style of picturing the loneliness and isolation of the privileged (in this case, affluent teenagers) from the world, but makes a fatal casting mistake: the actresses are excited at seeing Hilton and Dunst (who have cameos) in bars, while they're stars themselves.

PS: The DVD contains a 10-minute interview with Paris Hilton, to ask her account on how her house got robbed six times in two years without her knowing. But that turns into another disgusting opportunity for Hilton to showcase her rich life and the most private corners of her home (while ironically, she calls the burglars' theft of her underwear "creepy"). I don't know if this was part of Hilton's deal with Sofia Coppola to let her film inside her house for the movie, but it entirely undermines the film's message, and takes part in the ever-continuing process of glamorizing celebrity lifestyles, and pushing teens to "become" them. Quite depressing.

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