Filmmaker Sofia Coppola seems to return to familiar grounds in the upcoming 'Somewhere' and it sure looks good.

The film, the trailer for which was released on Monday, re-examines themes explored in her 2003 Bill Murray-Scarlett Johansson hit 'Lost in Translation.' But this time we're in L.A., not Tokyo, and the man-woman dynamic is decidedly different.

Here the focus is on Stephen Dorff, who plays haggard Hollywood star whose emotional stupor is shaken by a young lady. The young lady is Elle Fanning (Dakota's younger sister), who plays his daughter who has suddenly reappeared in his life. Filmmaker Sofia Coppola seems to return to familiar grounds in the upcoming 'Somewhere' and it sure looks good.

The film, the trailer for which was released on Monday, re-examines themes explored in her 2003 Bill Murray-Scarlett Johansson hit 'Lost in Translation.' But this time we're in L.A., not Tokyo, and the man-woman dynamic is decidedly different.

Here the focus is on Stephen Dorff, who plays haggard Hollywood star whose emotional stupor is shaken by a young lady. The young lady is Elle Fanning (Dakota's younger sister), who plays his daughter who has suddenly reappeared in his life.

When Coppola is at her best she's able to convey a sense of longing and isolation through her camera, and that's evident here. Dorff and Fanning are captured in a series of hotel rooms, freeways and swimming pools. Instead of the neon of the Tokyo night clouding perception as in 'Lost,' the light -- be it from the sun or the white wall of a hotel room -- obscures here, leaving one unbalanced and unsure.

Julian Casablancas' 'I'll Try Anything Once' -- which features just the singer and an electric piano -- nicely frames the trailer.

Sure, there seems to be lots similarities between 'Somewhere' and Coppola's breakthrough 'Lost.' But heck, John Ford revisited themes and no one seemed to mind.

The Focus Features film is due Dec. 22.

'Somewhere' Trailer