"A graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him."
This is the synopsis for Roman Coppola's next film, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (IMDb). Now, a film about a graphic designer is always quite exciting – as a profession, we're quite under-represented on screen. The problem is, since we moved from x-Acto knives and Cow Gum to Macs and Creative Suite, we're not very visually interesting. The last time I recall seeing a graphic designer depicted on screen, it was Amy Brenneman in Heat, surrounded by paintbrushes and ink and drawing boards. It looked like she was actually doing stuff.
So yes, exciting. And even though the plot seems rather basic, this film has a lot going for it. Not only does he make amazing things with his pa and sis and cousin and ex-brother-in-law (nepotism be damned!), Roman Coppola wrote the underrated, beautiful nose-fest that was The Darjeeling Limited, so it'd be impossible for him to make a dull film. Supporting roles are filled by Darjeeling alumni Bill Murray and Jason "slight mancrush" Schwartzman. Just watching these two squabbling over a Pantone book would be reason enough to make this your Best Favourite Movie Ever, but there's more … oh my … brace yourself, delicate reader …
The titular graphic designer is going to be played by Charlie Sheen.
Will this be the ultimate on-screen portrayal of a graphic designer? Does it really have that much competition? Who else is there, really?