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Lost in Translation Review

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by Phil Hinton Feb 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Lost in Translation Review
    Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola and shot entirely on location in Japan, Lost in Translation is a beautiful and funny story of loneliness and friendship far away from the comforts of home.

    Bob (Billy Murray) is an aging movie star whose career is now in free fall with no signs of a come back. He takes an opportunity to make a quick $2m by advertising whiskey for his Japanese employers and at the same time escape (for a week anyway) his marriage and kids. It is quite apparent that Bob maybe heading for a midlife crisis and his loneliness in a city where nobody speaks the language just add to his despair. Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is a young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi), but finds herself being left on her own most of the day and night. During the day Charlotte sits and looks out of the hotel window or tries to take in the sights but only succeeds in getting even more lost and lonely. Her life is in a rut and she is unclear about what she wants and where she should be going and with whom. A chance meeting between Bob and Charlotte in the hotels luxury bar sparks the beginning of possible friendship and over the next few days the two begin to spend more and more time together. Both hit the town and begin to enjoy the city in which they have become lost and forget about their significant others. The relationship develops, but it never gets sexual instead their glances and eye contacts tells a thousand stories and the real feelings are left unsaid.

    Lost in Translation will leave you with a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye, anyone who has ever felt alone or lonely will find great comfort in Coppola's writing and direction. The tale of friendship where people suddenly realise all is not lost will surprise and please most viewers and is beautifully acted by the leads. In fact the performances from Murray and Johansson (who is stunningly beautiful and innocent to the eye) are top drawer and should be Oscar contenders this year. As I write this review both Murray and Johansson picked up Baftas this week for their efforts and they were deserved.

    I must urge you to see this movie and cannot recommend it highly enough, but I will warn you that if you fail to connect it may leave you cold. But give it a chance.

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