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The Virgin Suicides (1999)
In other hands Jeffrey Eugenides's tale of a teenage suicide pact might have been unbearably grim, but Coppola brought a melancholy sweetness to the story. It was a very accomplished debut, and Kirsten Dunst was excellent as Lux Lisbon, a clever teen who leads a nihilistic rebellion against her strict parents.
Lost in Translation (2003)
Bill Murray's performance in this wistful and beautifully made little film was justly praised. He plays Bob Harris, a famous actor who's holed up in a Tokyo hotel during the filming of an idiotic whiskey ad when he meets a young American girl (Scarlett Johansson) and forms a tentative attachment to her. Slow-moving, but full of atmosphere.
This stylish comic drama stars Stephen Dorff as Johnny Marco, a film star who lives at the Chateau Marmont hotel in an alcoholic haze. But Johnny has to get his act together when his 12-year-old daughter visits. Dorff's Johnny is an affecting study of affluent despair, and Coppola maintains her mood well.