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Lost in Translation (2003)

Cast: Bill Murray, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, more...
Director: Sofia Coppola, Sofia Coppola
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Foreign, Independent, Romantic Comedy, SNL Alums
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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After making a striking directorial debut with her screen adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola offers a story of love and friendship blooming under unlikely circumstances in this comedy drama. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is a well-known American actor whose career has gone into a tailspin; needing work, he takes a very large fee to appear in a commercial for Japanese whiskey to be shot in Tokyo. Feeling no small degree of culture shock in Japan, Bob spends most of his non-working hours at his hotel, where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) at the bar. Twentysomething Charlotte is married to John (Giovanni Ribisi), a successful photographer who is in Tokyo on an assignment, leaving her to while away her time while he works. Beyond their shared bemusement and confusion with the sights and sounds of contemporary Tokyo, Bob and Charlotte share a similar dissatisfaction with their lives; the spark has gone out of Bob's marriage, and he's become disillusioned with his career. Meanwhile, Charlotte is puzzled with how much John has changed in their two years of marriage, while she's been unable to launch a creative career of her own. Bob and Charlotte become fast friends, and as they explore Tokyo, they begin to wonder if their sudden friendship might be growing into something more. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • A Conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola
  • "Lost" on Location: Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
  • "City Girl" Music Video by Kevin Shields
  • Extended and Deleted Scenes

GreenCine Member Reviews

MaryKate & Ashley by ClarySage January 6, 2006 - 1:40 PM PST
2 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I was a little confused by the character development here. First we see Charlotte as a shy, lonely person who is metaphorically lost, but in the next scene she seems miraculously to know all of the party animals in Tokyo (she makes introductions), and suddenly the viewer must assume that she has been enjoying a wild night life of which we were unaware. The film degenerates into frolicking scenes a la MaryKate and Ashley with the protagonists having fun fun fun in Tokyo. And this goes on ad nauseum. Another note: This movie is one more in a string of films that depicts middle-aged women as boring, superficial beings who only worry about their furniture, as in "American Beauty" and "The Quiet American" (2002). Shame on Ms. Coppola for perpetuating the stereotype.

not for everyone.. not for anyone.. just for a few by reflections July 19, 2005 - 2:51 PM PDT
5 out of 10 members found this review helpful
reading the newest reviews.. i am wondering if they were perhaps reading too much into the movie...maybe trying to find some sort of rhyme or reason.. or maybe i was watching a different movie at a different time..with different eyes..
i found the simple nature of the film against the famous hustle and bustle of tokyo to be perfect. two souls finding themselves at different crossroads in a crazy world. one basically selling out while remembering the days when he was doing plays.. and one on the verge of joining the rat race yet not knowing how or where she would fit in. scarlett and bill were perfect casting in their roles.. finding the characters souls.
a few people i have talked with about the movie always wonder how come they never "did it". as though their connection was sexual. to me.. it wasn't it was higher and deeper than that.. they meet at the right time to fix the cracks forming inside them.
i do agree with the camera work.. and the whole of tokyo as the backdrop... plus a special mention of the music selection..
the one thing about the ending.. where the unspoken words have been severly talked about and debated...
i think it was perfect.. not knowing what they said.. it gives everyone the chance to imagine what they said..
in this hollywood landscape... where there is so much that is oversaid and never left to the imagination it was nice for miss coppola to give something up to us romantics..
so yeah.. like my title
it's not for everyone..
it's not for anyone..
but it is for a few.. who see the rainbow at the end.

Charlotte's Underwear by MMcDonough May 16, 2005 - 5:08 PM PDT
5 out of 11 members found this review helpful
Warning- A bit of spoilage....

I agree with the reviewer who said that the last scene screwed things up, although I wasn't as thrilled as he was up to that point. (Rich people who don't know how to have fun. Get me a (Mr.) hankie.) And from what woodwork did the isolated Charlotte's "friends" suddenly appear?

Then there's the issue of Charlotte's underwear. An omnipresence devoid of meaning. I'll be the first to say that SJ has a nice butt, but....

What I did enjoy were the moments that captured the lonely excitement of travel on one's own.

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