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Lost in Translation 2003

Winner of an Academy Award in 2003 for best original screenplay and three Golden Globe awards including best actor for Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola's poignant drama about Americans abroad stars Bill Murray as Bob Harris, a movie actor well past his prime who is in Tokyo to shoot a whiskey commercial.

Starring:
Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Sofia Coppola
Starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
Supporting actors Giovanni Ribisi
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format: Blu-ray
There are a lot of negative reviews for this film.

I loved it.

I have trouble putting my thoughts down into words, so Ill just say this; (Ive never used a semi-colon in my life, so I took a shot) If your'e an introspective, evaluative and emotional person who is possibly troubled by life, then you should watch this. If you aren't, stay away.
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It's a really great piece of art because a lot happens though very imperceptibly. I thought is was good fun when I first watched it, but on watching it again recently I realised that in this country (Japan) that starts as a figure of fun, there is incubated something very important. Call it love or connection or whatever, but it requires no mutual-instrumentalism, no physical attraction or intellectualism (in fact the shedding of intellectualism is one of the things that allows this important thing to be attained/recognised). And it allows two unhappy people to go on with their lives-apart from one another (because there was never any possibility of 'that' kind of love) with courage (which is a very Japanese idea). The alien culture allows this ...'thing', which is actually a positive rendering of essential humanity to be thrown into relief and if we start off laughing at Japanese culture, we end up swallowing our disdain as one of it's most disdainful manifestations -karaoke- ultimately becomes the means by which and the way it essential humanity is attained. That this seems to happen so naturally in the film is testament to Coppola's immense skill as a film-maker, She is no less talented than her father. I love Apocalypse Now and the Godfather but I think this film is a greater achievement than either of those celebrated movies. Personally I think the film is ultimately a myth, but it is a very believable one.
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Format: DVD
After proving herself a competent director in her debut film, The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola returns with a much more mature and far more accomplished sophomore effort that suggests she is well on her way to surpassing her father, certainly in his more recent offerings. In stunning film of subtle simplicity she weaves a fragile and poignant friendship over a touchingly funny Tokyo background.
Lost in Translation is the tale of a chance collision between two souls feeling trapped in their lives and lost in a foreign world. Actor Bob Harris [Bill Murray] is endorsing a whiskey purely for the money although he enjoys the break from his wife, while Charlotte [Scarlett Johansson] is accompanying her neglecting husband John [Giovanni Ribisi], a photographer. Set against a delightfully colourful backdrop of Tokyo which provides much of the film's comedy, we watch the friendship between these two strangers slowly blossom into a delicate platonic romance.
While there is a distinctly melancholy tone to the film, it is not nearly as dark as The Virgin Suicides and instead portrays the redemption of its characters rather than their doom. Bob and Charlotte are drawn together by a sense of depression, both somewhat discontent with married life, disconnected from their partners, and feeling extremely lost in both Tokyo and in life. But these shared circumstances lead them to engage in those metaphysical conversations that can only occur between total strangers, since friends always wish to know the personal background. When asked by his wife, "Do I need to worry about you, Bob?" his flat response is, "Only if you want to". While in Charlotte he has found someone who will genuinely listen and also seeks to learn from his experience.
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Format: Amazon Video
I loved this movie, although I can see why it wouldn't't be everyone's cup of tea. Both leads excellent; really enjoyed Bill Murray's performance. A glimpse of Japan. Sensitive exploration of 2 people's feelings as they spend time together unexpectedly in an unfamiliar country. An unlikely pairing but one which reminds that there are so few times in life that you find someone with whom you gel completely. When you do, grab it ~ even if it's short lived. Moments of comedy are great and there are a few. Very poignant too. So glad I found this movie although I know I'm late to it. Coppola must be a genius!
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Well, this film certainly divides opinion? Here on Amazon, over 60% gave it 4 or 5 stars, however, 30% scored it with just 1 or 2 stars! I actually enjoyed it and thought it worthy of 4 stars. I found it very interesting, mildly amusing and the budding relationship quite captivating. For me the storyline is very simple.
Bob is never going to sleep with Charlotte? Whilst his marriage is as flat as a proverbial pancake, he does love and worship his children, who presumably are near to Charlotte’s age, and so he can easily relate to her, though he would never misplace that trust. He is not though, above cheating on his wife, with someone in his own age range, this takes him temporarily away from his humdrum existence with his wife, who half the time can’t even be bothered to talk to him for more than a few seconds.
The film still scores well on RT & IMDb. It was also a huge financial success, with a profit in excess of 100 million $!
Having watched the film, I did wonder what the Japanese thought of their portrayal? There was apparently some criticism of the perceived racism that the film may have characterized?
The screenplay won an Academy Award and both lead actors won Bafta’s for their fine performances.
Films are so subjective aren’t they?
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