Lost in Translation Review

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by AVForums Jun 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Lost in Translation Review
    It seems there has been some kind of
    talent shift in the Coppola household.
    While Francis Ford Coppola has spent
    recent years churning out tosh like The
    Rainmaker and Jack, his daughter Sofia
    has gone from being the most-hated thing
    about the despised third entry in the
    Godfather series, to one of the most
    celebrated writer/directors currently
    working in independent American cinema.
    After the sublime The Virgin Suicides,
    Sofia Coppola has brought us Lost in
    Translation, a convincing, witty, honest
    and moving love story, with two fantastic
    lead performances.
    Bill Murray plays Bob Harris, a movie
    star whose life appears to have stalled.
    Trapped in a Tokyo hotel while he films a
    whisky commercial, Bob's life is split
    between drinking in the hotel bar and
    receiving harried calls from his wife in
    America, who is in the process of
    redecorating their home. Also staying at
    the same hotel and feeling just as isolated
    is Charlotte (Scarlet Johansson), the wife
    of a photographer on assignment in
    Japan, who seems more interested in his
    career than his marriage. Their lives
    change during a chance meeting in the
    hotel bar, and what begins as simple
    companionship looks set to blossom into
    something far more profound.
    Forget any pre-conceived ideas about
    Lost in Translation being another tacky
    'old guy gets young girl' flick. As told by
    Coppola, this is a tender and wholly
    believable story about two people
    meeting and discovering the idea of a
    romance neither thought possible.
    Like the earlier The Virgin Suicides,
    Coppola's latest work is a film with no
    easy answers or a neat and tidy
    conclusion. Instead it's a film designed
    to make the audience think about what
    it sees and to capture the experience of feeling alone in one of the most
    populated cities on the planet.
    The film does falter a little, with some
    cheap shots at the Japanese that could
    easily have been left out. But even this
    cannot change the fact that with Lost in
    Translation Coppola has crafted a superb
    piece of cinema that will undoubtedly
    be remembered as one of the greatest
    cinematic love stories of its generation.

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