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|Originaltitel:||The Bling Ring|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 91 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Sometimes life writes stories that sound so absurd that you would think they must have come from the spirit of a Hollywood author. The story of Sofia Coppola's latest film ("Lost in Translation") is such a case: in "The Bling Ring" Coppola tells the story of the teenage clique around leader Rebecca (Katie Chang) and her best friend Mark (Israel Broussard), who try to free their boring upper-class existence from its insignificance through the ultimate kick: via the Internet, they search for the homes of Hollywood stars who are currently on the move at award ceremonies or big parties. In the vacant villas they then go on a very special shopping tour, which not only boosts their adrenaline, but also their popularity among their classmates. But the more often they go on a thievery tour, the more careless they become - and this has fatal consequences…
Although her film clearly wants to be understood as fiction, she has changed the names of all those involved in the "Bling Ring" and she has taken some dramaturgical liberties, Sofia Coppola's filmic treatment of the spectacular case nevertheless seems very authentic. The script was written by Coppola based on a Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales. All interviews that Sales had conducted with the members of the "Bling Ring" were available to her for this purpose. This she mixed with her own experiences from her youth, in the hope to reflect the very special attitude towards life and the way of thinking of these young people. Apart from the very well chosen soundtrack, a pinpoint set and the very special coup of actually being able to shoot in the house of "Bling Ring"-victim Paris Hilton, the movie works especially through the very good actors.
Whether Emma Watson, who is completely free of her "Hermione" image here, or "American Horror Story" star Taissa Farmiga, the young actors all prove what a good hand the makers have proven here at the casting. What really leaves a lasting impression is Katie Chung, who delivers a great performance as the ice-cold and manipulative leader of the clique.
That "The Bling Ring" seems so authentic and the characters seem so real may be the movie's biggest strength. But at the same time it is also his greatest weakness. Because Coppola portrays so credibly the emptiness that reigns in the lives of the well-protected kids, their everyday life consisting of superficialities, monotonous parties and irrelevant conversations so realistically, the film runs the risk of appearing empty and boring superficially. Because here no interesting characters stand in the center of the action, but spoiled teenagers, who see reality TV celebrities as idols and for whom the latest gossip and current fashion trends are more important than real feelings or deep friendships.
Already in her last movie "Somewhere" Coppola abducted the audience into an extremely superficial world, which somehow led into nothing and left the audience completely empty. "The Bling Ring" doesn't seem quite so meaningless, especially since it always has a slightly satirical undertone, which brings with it a certain entertainment value. Nevertheless, Sofia Coppola only succeeds to a limited extent in really captivating the audience. After the second burglary at the latest, the pictures seem to repeat themselves and the whole thing escalates into a never-ending party clip, which only gains speed and content again towards the end.
If Sofia Coppola wanted to portray a generation that is only interested in beautiful appearance, material things and superficial admiration, then she has succeeded very well. In this respect "The Bling Ring" is really worth seeing. However, if she also wanted to stage a really entertaining, stirring movie at the same time, which makes the audience think about it, but at the same time also entertains them very well, the experiment unfortunately has to be judged to be not very well done.
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