Sofia Coppola has denied that her latest film The Bling Ring glamorises bad behaviour.
The drama, which stars Emma Watson and Leslie Mann, is a fictional tale based on the real-life crimes of a group of Californian teenagers who broke into celebrities' homes including Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and Orlando Bloom.
Actress Rachel has criticised the film in a magazine interview, but Sophia defended her movie.
"I try not to tell the audience what to think and set it up for them to be reflective," she said. "But it looks at our culture and the reality TV phenomenon, and how that has affected this group of kids."
"I've tried to tell the story in a way that you can get into it from the kids' point of view, and see how it's fun and exciting. And hopefully, by the end of it, you get another perspective that they have taken it too far."
The 42-year-old filmmaker added: "I hope not to be judging them too much, but I'm definitely looking at them from a distance - there is a critical aspect to it. I hope I'm not glamorising their bad behaviour."
Sofia was inspired to turn the tale into a movie after reading Nancy Jo Sales' Vanity Fair article in 2010, entitled The Suspects Wore Louboutins, in which she'd interviewed some of the group.
"It seemed crazy - these teenagers robbing celebrities' houses. When I read about the kids and their perspective on it, I thought it was fascinating and a fun story for a movie. It said a lot about our culture today," she said.
:: The Bling Ring opens in cinemas on July 5.