Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, (The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost In Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006)), Coppola decided she wanted to make a small, personal film next, and this was partially inspired by her experiences growing up in a showbiz family, but it was also a social comment on what being a celebrity does to people, and the isolation it causes. Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a very famous Hollywood actor, who despite his fame, feels his life has no direction, and despite visits from his old friend Sammy (Chris Pontius), he spends most of his time alone holed up in the Chateau Marmont, which is a retreat for many Hollywood stars. Facing an existential crisis, Johnny gets an unexpected visit from his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning), who has come to stay with her father for a few days before she goes to summer camp. So, Johnny brings her along on his daily routines, including a trip to Milan, where he is presented with an award, and he feels responsibility of being a father while Cleo is around. This is safe territory for Coppola, even if she has focused on the growing pains of growing up in her films before, but it is a slow moving film which requires patience, but it has brilliant performances from Dorff and Fanning, whose characters change throughout the film, and maybe for the better.