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5000 miles from home bob harris is facing a mid-life crisis when these two lonely americans cross paths in a tokyo bar their chance encounter sparks a series of hilarious adventures creating an unexpected connection that might not last but will stay with them forever Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 05/22/2007 Starring: Bill Murray Run time: 102 minutes Rating: R

Like a good dream, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation envelops you with an aura of fantastic light, moody sound, head-turning love, and a feeling of d¨¦j¨¤ vu, even though you've probably never been to this neon-fused version of Tokyo. Certainly Bob Harris has not. The 50-ish actor has signed on for big money shooting whiskey ads instead of doing something good for his career or his long-distance family. Jetlagged, helplessly lost with his Japanese-speaking director, and out of sync with the metropolis, Harris (Bill Murray, never better) befriends the married but lovelorn 25-year-old Charlotte (played with heaps of poise by 18-year-old Scarlett Johansson). Even before her photographer husband all but abandons her, she is adrift like Harris but in a total entrapment of youth. How Charlotte and Bill discover they are soul mates will be cherished for years to come. Written and directed by Coppola (The Virgin Suicides), the film is far more atmospheric than plot-driven: we whiz through Tokyo parties, karaoke bars, and odd nightlife, always ending up in the impossibly posh hotel where the two are staying. The wisps of bittersweet loneliness of Bill and Charlotte are handled smartly and romantically, but unlike modern studio films, this isn't a May-November fling film. Surely and steadily, the film ends on a much-talked-about grace note, which may burn some, yet awards film lovers who "always had Paris" with another cinematic destination of the heart. --Doug Thomas

Customer Reviews:

  • Outstanding film
    This is an outstanding film. Like plunging into the deep end of the swimming pool. Truely refreshing....more info
  • this movie is about falling in love
    To me this movie is about those sacred moments when you meet somebody and you silently and slowly fall in love.

    You don't talk about it, to nobody, not even your partner!, and to some extent you don't even think about the extent that it could take days before you *realize* that you are in love...

    In a Zen-like-state of mind stillness, your are sometimes to afraid to 'move', fearing that you may destroy that moment.

    Trying to describe these moments and feelings is impossible, and the real meaning of these moments and feelings gets lost in translation when you try to put it into words.

    In my mind, his last words to her before leaving for the airport, was:

    "I will get divorced, and then come back for you."...more info
  • i can totally relate
    those that have spent any amount of time in asia (like i did) will definitely relate to this movie... ...more info
  • Strangers in a Strange Land
    I just saw "Lost in Translation" for the first time today and I was impressed. However, in view of the many super-negative reviews, I should clearly state that the movie came together in the final minute or two. Had I not watched it to the end, I would not have has as positive reaction. Indeed, the bulk of this movie is sheer boredom. The writer and director want us to experience being in a lonely place (and boy do they suceed!).

    Haven't you ever spent a week one day, or a month one week, or a day one hour in a place where you just didn't fit in? Whether it be at the height of your career or as a child in a room full of adults, there is a real sense of loneliness when you realize that you are truly and profoundly all alone in a crowd; no one to relate to, nothing to entertain you, nothing to distract you, and you don't have the power to get up and leave; you're stuck! I know that I can think of a number of times that has happened to me and there is a lonliness and sadness unique to such an experience. Now think of similar settings on whose several occassions, there WAS someone who, for that otherwise interminable moment in time, was someone who made the experience turn into an manageable one. It wasn't any "love at first sight" experience, it wasn't a "let's exchange phone numbers" (or even just Christmas cards) experience, and certainly not a "let's do this again" experience. It was a place you never should have been but with someone who made the experience bearable. That's what I saw in "Lost in Translation". Moments like that come and then they are gone. "Lost in Translation" is a tribute to all the misplaced persons who found each other briefly and then moved on. It is a beautiful movie with exactly the right ending. Share the boredom but share the blessing as well....more info
  • Lost in Translation
    Unquestionably, this product is appropriatly titled. I could go on and on about how boring the film was but then I would be devoting too much time to an item not so deserving. This could easily replace my sleeping pill....more info
  • A tender if not always successful film
    It is fascinating the love/hate opinion most have for this movie. It garners either five stars or one star and yet I find myself somewhere in the middle. Director Sophia Coppola breezes us through Japan, be it to witness the traditional wedding in Kyoto, dashing through the Pachinko parlors, singing karaoke, walking through shrines and temples, eating in local restaurants, riding the trains, the shabu shabu restaurant, the propaganda vans shouting their messages as they drive down the street, the ladies handing out tissue packages on the street, the often bizarre Japanese tv shows, and so, so much, this movie is at times a loving home movie for me, reminding me of so much I have seen and done during my time in Japan. For that reason alone I find myself watching it now and again just to remind me of the country that I miss so much now that I am back in the states.
    Many people have complained of the anti-Japanese sentiment. I think they are missing the point, however. The two characters, Bob in particular, are very real clich¨¦s of the ugly American. Rather than taking Coppola to task for making fun of Japanese people, I give her credit for showing us ourselves. The squeamishness and outrage we feel when we see these characters is purposeful. Lord knows I came across many such people in my years there and seeing this behavior in the characters made them very real to me. Furthermore, Bob's acidic attitude is symptomatic of the misery and sadness he is experiencing and the frustration that stems from such feelings which causes him to seek the most convenient scapegoats for his angst.
    In the end, though, most of the complaints stem from the viewers being bored to death and I will agree that there is little that really happens in this movie. It reminds me in some ways of "Sideways," both character studies where we visit with flawed and problematic people. I will also admit that before I lived in Japan I watched this movie and it wasn't nearly the same experience as it was after seeing Japan in person. It changed so much of my understanding and appreciation of the film.
    One of the things that did bug me some was the near perverse nature of the relationship. Charlotte is young enough to be his daughter and their wavering feelings of longing for each other didn't serve the plot in any real way. The tenderness and humanity of the film could've been accomplished with a more realistic father-daughter connection between the two. I understand that they are desperate and needy for anyone to give them some shelter from their misery. But again, I think that this point could've been made without the sexual tension. Being lonely, being sad, and needing someone to cling to during difficult times in our life need not be sexual.
    There is a scene about two-thirds through the movie where the two characters exchange thoughts on life, mostly Bob dispensing wisdom to Charlotte. This is my favorite part because we see the crystallization of what these two mean to each other. After days and nights suffering through jet lag, these two sleep-deprived foreigners finally fall blissfully asleep because at last they realize they are not alone amid the neon chaos of Tokyo. Charlotte nestles close in the security of her new friend and Bob gently touches Charlotte's foot and anchors himself for that moment to allow sleep to come. It's a subtle and tender moment and there are enough of these moments in Lost in Translation for me to forgive some of the mistakes. This is not a perfect movie but I give Coppola a lot of credit for making this most unusual and off-beat film.
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  • 4 1/2! Great movie but not for everyone
    "Lost In Translation" written and directed by Sofia Coppola.

    Bob Harris (Bill Murray) an actor whose prime is behind him travels to Tokyo to endorse a whiskey for a sizable payday as well as to take a break from his home and married life. Bob struggles with what may be a mid life crisis and seems to mentally struggle with the emptiness and life questions that it brings on...

    Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) a recent graduate from Yale with a philosophy major and a recent newlywed has traveled to Tokyo with her husband John (Giovanni Ribisi) who is a celebrity photographer. John's work consumes him and as he travels all over Japan he leaves Charlotte in Tokyo and a feeling of neglect begins to set in. Charlotte has achieved all of her early goals of finishing school and getting married but she still doesn't really know who she is or what she wants. A disconnect begins to form between the intellectual Charlotte and the work driven John and his banal, self centered celebrity friends. Charlotte isn't sure where life is taking her and can't seem to find direction ...

    Charlotte and Bob meet and find a kindred spirit in one another and an unlikely friendship is formed...

    This was a great movie but is not going to be for everyone. "Lost In Translation" is a character driven movie and is not driven by a typical A to B plot. It is about watching each of the characters deal with their own emotional ups and downs and as a viewer you will either find a connection with what's happening on screen or be left thinking it was pretentious and wondering what it was all about.

    The Good: It was great to see Bill Murray take on something that is a little outside of his norm and succeed at it and a great performance by Scarlett Johansson as well. Anna Farris also has a small part in "Lost" as an actress who has just filmed a Matrix like movie and she nails her part and gives an excellent performance.

    This was great writing and directing by Sofia Coopola. The scenes and the way they were shot were great at letting the audience know what was going on with the characters.

    The score was perfect and with the combination of great directing and acting the emotions of the characters and their internal struggles were excellently conveyed.

    The Bad: Nothing memorable.

    Overall: "Lost In Translation" is definitely not for everyone. Don't look for steamy love scenes or action packed fights and don't come looking for slap stick comedy. "Lost In Translation" is a character driven movie about people in a living purgatory looking for something or someone that will lead them out. If that sounds interesting then pick this up and give it a try.
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  • Worst Film Ever.
    No need for a review. Watch it for yourself and be goaded into such extreme boredom that you may choose to hang yourself rather than endure any more....more info
  • Murray's finest performance makes for a great film for 2003
    Lost in Translation is all-too-often misunderstood. That couldn't be any more evident with its 500+ "1/5" votes, which is certainly ludicrous, inaccurate and unfair. I understand it may not appeal to everyone, but it's flat out ignorant to deem this as a poor effort or production. It's anything but.

    Is it perfect? Of course not. But it wholly fulfills what it sets out to do and is a fantastic effort from Ms. Coppola.

    People may complain that the storyline or plot of this film is thin, but its simplicity is part of its charm. The aesthetics of this film alone make it worth seeing. If you never had an inkling to go to Japan, this film may change that. Coppola's vision of Tokyo and in essence, her "strangers in a strange land" angle, is strong and prevalent from beginning to end.

    Bill Murray's performance is outstanding, as well as refreshing. His dry wit and comedy sense permeates throughout much of the film. Scarlett Johansson is also convincing and well portrayed.

    The cinematography is amazing, and for me, very much part of the film's appeal. I was also thrilled with the ending. Overall, I just enjoyed WATCHING this film. A must see for any fan of Murray or Johansson, as well as those drawn to films centering around human relationship dynamics.

    I found myself relating to the film's characters on multiple levels and therein lies its strength - capturing the truest thoughts and questions of people as they move through life, but never tries too hard or reaches in order to drive a point home. It never goes over the top for the sake of mindless entertainment.

    It's an introspective piece and rife with super dry comedy. ...more info
  • Naive, Pretentious Film That Makes Fun of Japanese People
    I join at least 550 other Amazon reviewers who found this movie boring and somewhat offensive. In outline, the concept is not bad - two strangers who meet in a strange country, feeling alientated - but the execution leaves much to be desired.

    It's clear that Sofia Coppola has gone to the European School of Prententious Filmmaking, where "art" is supposedly conveyed by long, empty silences and people staring impassively at the camera. The vapid Ms. Johansson, with her painfully unformed and Nordic impassivity, fits the bill to a T. The problem is when these "meaningful silences" aren't really meaningful. Rather than "art", Coppola's scenes of silence tell me she ran out of things to say.

    It's also clear how Coppola regards people who aren't European. Making fun of Japanese people, lampooning them in this film, really put me off. The comic bits of the film derives solely from Bill Murray doing a whisky commercial over and over. The point of this comedy is: "Aren't Japanese people funny? Aren't they weird and bizarre?"

    No, they're human beings. Tolerance and trying to understand another culture (and failing) isn't the point of the film - rather, it's about how justified two spoiled and vapid people feel about being alienated. The film would have been far more interesting if Murray and Johnasson had tried to communicate with the foreign culture around them, and failed. But in Coppola's film, they don't even bother trying. The characters are only there for the money (in Murray's case) or because they've been dumped there (Johnasson). Japan is a fascinating country, but you'd never know it watching this film.

    Instead of "Lost in Translation," Coppola should have called it "Lost in Themselves."

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  • Funny and poignant
    This quiet movie lacks the usual Hollywood hype of blood, guts, action and meaningless sex. What it does have are two good actors who reveal the loneliness that sometimes creeps into everyone's life. What better place to expose loneliness than in over-crowded, over-stimulated Tokyo! Living in Japan, I did smile at the goofy karaoke is wildly popular here and the tv shows are equally crazy...what town doesn't have a worn out lounge singer trying to hang on by her fingernails? Unless you have wandered into a Japanese restaurant with a picture menu where each picture looks the same, you might not laugh. The dizzying backdrop of the lights of Tokyo adds to the feelihg of disconnect in the two main character's lives. The scenes at Kyoto's temples and shrines provided a momentary hush from the frantic pace of life...Who among us has not questioned our lives, our mates, our purpose in life at least once? I liked the movie. Parts made me laugh out loud. Parts of it made me pause and reflect. I saw some of myself in these characters....more info
  • In my top 5 movies of all time.
    I am mainly submitting this review because of the horrible number of '1 star' reviews.

    I loved this movie so much, and it means so very much to me now, years later. I can only thank Sofia for making it, and Scarlett and Bill for being so perfect.

    This movie is a masterpiece that I hold near my heart.

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  • Immerse yourself in this film
    Are you someone who likes curling up with a book on a rainy day, listening to the sound of the rain in your quiet apartment, completely immersed in the text?

    You will love Lost in Translation.

    Like others have said, this is not the kind of movie you watch with your friends for a laugh. It's something you have to let yourself get lost in, and let yourself believe. There isnt a car chase or a sex scene, and this movie isnt going to fight to keep you interested (like some other movies in theaters which appeal to an ADHD generation).

    But get some alone time, go to a quiet space, and forget everything and everyone as you slowly sink into this beautifully crafted film.

    Interestingly enough, though this movie is in English, it reminded me of two foreign flicks- Amelie and Pan's Labyrinth. ...more info
  • Lost in Translation
    My favorite movie to date. A very personal movie to me. Great music and you can't beat Bill Murrey. What a gas!...more info
  • One of My Favorite Movies of All Time!
    I guess this is one of those "love it or hate it" movies, so all I
    can do is tell you why I love it so much. First, filming the
    movie in Japan was not only a way to capture the two main
    characters out of their element (which was the brilliant, central
    point of the film), but it took ME out of MY element, which was
    refreshing. I loved the nightlife, the colorful characters, the
    strange looking food, the cherry blossoms in the gardens...
    the setting for the film was magnificent.

    As for the two main leads, the acting is superb. Bill Murray
    takes a huge leap playing an aging, burned out actor with marital
    woes and hits the mark, dead on. Scarlett Johansson approaches
    the youthful object of his affection with understated sweetness
    and grace. Neither actor overplays or underplays their part, which
    is rare in film. Both are spot on.

    And for the story. How refreshing to explore the complexity of
    male/female bonding without resorting to raunchy sex scenes
    and offensive language. Maybe the reason why so many
    viewers are disappointed in this film is because of its quiet,
    thoughtful, deeply tender approach to the subject matter. There's
    no fast cars or nudity in this film; just the story of two lost souls
    completely out of their element who find each other and reawaken
    in each other something both of them thought they had lost.

    At the end of the movie, as the Jesus and Mary Chain song plays and
    the two part ways, I always get teary-eyed. If someone can tell me
    what the two whisper to each other, I'd really like to know. But then
    again, maybe that would be giving too much away in this brilliant gem
    of a film. Highly recommended for those in search of a lighthearted
    and tender romance that doesn't follow traditional rules of "love"
    constructions in cinema. Brava Sophia!...more info
  • more than 500 give it a one star?
    This is in fact what encouraged me to write this review, and a pleasant reality that not all people experience the intense euphoria this masterpiece leads to.
    So I mention this movie to some of my friends, it's either a "best film ever" or a "most over hyped" statement. And I do know why. A matter of fact that this is not the first time I've seen such opposite opinions at the same time.
    I've seen it with "Babel" and "Crash", both of which share the "unique feeling" a movie gives.
    Lost in Translation is by far the heaviest impact on the viewer. I actually felt I was traveling when watching the film.
    The films is the closest film I've seen to reality. The actors are playing roles that happen in everyday life. Far from the typical Hollywood glamour or shall I say "garbage".
    I give this amazing film extra credit for being on such a low budget, as this encourages independent film makers to do what their supposed to do best. The film cost 6 million to make.
    Lost in Translation is one of the best movies I've seen. I'm not going to go into the details why, but I think some of the readers felt what I felt watching this film and won't blame me for my statement.
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  • Hate isn't strong enough a word
    ...after buying and watching this movie my first thought was how much I'd like to skip it across the freeway.
    The opening scene IS the entire movie.
    - You have two loathesome, lifeless, and self-centered people wandering around one of the most exciting places on the planet and seeming to be able to do nothing more than drink and wallow in introspective malaise.
    Terrible photography, the "emulating-a-slightly-drunk-person-with-a-handycam-perspective" really gets annoying after a while. I can't say enough bad things about this movie...if you're thinking about watching this, smash yourself in the face with a ballpeen hammer instead, it will be more enjoyable. ...more info
  • I'd Put It Among The Top Ten Films Of The Decade
    I was totally astonished about how great Lost in Translation was and how much I enjoyed it. Why on earth I waited all these years to see it is beyond me. I couldn't decide whether the real star here was Tokyo itself or the movie's magnificently sketched characters. I truly think this was Bill Murray's role of a lifetime and worthy of an Oscar, and here as no where else Scarlett Johansson showed she is one of the most talented young actresses in the business today. Hats off to everyone involved in making this delightful film!...more info
  • A modern day CLASSIC and Bill Murray's BEST performance!
    I was never a fan of Bill Murray's UNTIL I saw this movie. Then, I wanted to see ALL of his movies. My favorite SNL actor has always been John Belushi. I believe if Sean Penn had not won his Oscar for "Mystic River" it would have gone to Bill Murray for this movie. That's how GOOD he is in it.

    Scarlett Johansson was on her way to becoming a movie star when she made this film. She is just so GREAT in it. What impressed me the most was Sophia Coppola's BRILLIANT direction. Everybody ridiculed her performance in "The Godfather: Part III" but the joke is on them because anybody who can direct a movie this GOOD has a BRIGHT future ahead of them.

    This the BEST comedy I've seen in years....more info
  • One of my favorites
    There seems to be a chasm between people who like this and people who don't. I think you have to experience these kind of moments to appreciate them fully. Not everyone does. But I totally understood this movie from the beginning to the end. I totally related to the plot and characters. In fact, I could change places with Bill Murray's character and never miss a beat. I've also know beautiful young ladies like Scarlett's character at an emotional level like this. I've connected with people in crowded places just like this. I've experienced job burn-out and marriage just like this. I've sold out and bought in just like this. I've experienced confusion like this. And the pace of this movie was perfect in my humble opinion. You have to inhale deeply with a movie like this. It's transcending to see yourself in a movie. It's the ultimate movie experience....more info
  • Excellent Snapshot of Reality
    Skeptical before watching it, I none the less found this to be a very watchable film - one of Bill Murray's best. I've spent time isolated in a huge oriental metropolis, wide awake and flipping channels at 4AM, walking unfamiliar streets soaking up the ambience, so its easy to relate to the ambience Sophia Coppola and her cinematographer have captured. Excellent cinematography, great writing, teriffic performances; what's not to like? Those reviewers who find it 'boring' must not have spent much time outside their home town, or much time living life. Sofia Coppola has produced a very satisfying film....more info
  • I did`t lost in translation
    I had the fortune to lived in Japan (Tokio, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka) for one month, and enjoyed the style of life of the japan people. This movie is reflex of that style of life, not totally, but the atmosphere is magic, with the street and some interior places. Great movie, amazing direction, sweet acting....more info
  • Overrated
    All men recall a woman from their past that sticks in their mind, not as some drop dead gorgeous goddess nor as some hideous dog that made them want to retch, but simply because they were in some way, however minor, interesting. That interestingness may have been their looks, their quirks, their persona, or some indefinable `otherness'. Well, that's what the film Lost In Translation is- it's not a bad film, nor nearly as good as its reputation proclaims, but it is unlike just about any other Hollywood or indie film to come down the pike in the last few decades.
    That it was nominated for and won a screenwriting Oscar for director Sofia Coppola is just plain silly since the film's resonance and character creation comes from its visual images, not its too spare writing. An aging, former American film star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) comes to Tokyo to film an ad for a brand of scotch. Like many American film stars in real life who refuse such stateside, lest oddly believe they'll dampen their credibility as actors, he accepts the enormous sum the Japanese sponsors offer him- $2 million- for a week or so's work. There he meets the Gen Y wife of a hip young photographer named Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson). They have little in common save their shared loneliness and insomnia when Charlotte's husband John (Giovanni Ribisi) goes off for a few days on a shoot. Charlotte is a typically aimless young soul who peripatetically bounces between wanting to write or photograph, & seeking an outlet for her philosophy degree from Yale, while Bob is a lethargic middle aged man who's not so much in crisis mode as he is in ennui to the cosmos.... Still, as stated, the movie's visuals are its real charm- the scenes of Tokyo's night life, neon, the odd angles that Charlotte looks down upon life from in her hotel room, and especially a beautifully filmed, yet hauntingly lonely shot of Bob playing golf in the foreground of Mount Fuji, add almost enough poetic resonance to the characters that the script lacks to pull off a viewer's belief in their romance. Sofia's brother made a far superior film a few years ago that dealt with many of the same themes of alienation. CQ, for whatever reasons, did not seem to strike a chord the way Lost In Translation did. The reason for that is probably because CQ was not as `serious' an art film as Translation.
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  • You will definately fall in love with this film!
    Amazing, beautifull and sweet would be the few initial words to comment on this film. Yet another film having a wonderfull and strong chemistry between the two co-stars. Bill Murray at his best, he is an amazing person to watch on screen, he will steal your glance every moment, Scarlett Johansson delivers a very sattisfying performence as well, she was pretty bold and admirable in this film, you just can't lift your eyes off her, what's more... a wonderfull chemistry, neat and decent acting and direction. You can't lift your eyes off the pair in the film. Go ahead, give it a watch, you won't be dissapointed. Its a lovely film. You will realize Friendship is a unique relationship. ...more info
  • If you've been there, you really know the deal ...
    Thumbs up for the real-ness and funny-ness, and err ... Japanese-ness(?). Good direction, sets and acting; nice ending. If you've been there, you really know the deal in traveling enough to Japan, France, etc. ...
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  • Lost in Translation
    Movie Review: Lost in Translation
    Directed by Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation brings the audience into the fantastic city of Tokyo, Japan. This film consumes the audience in an aura of neon lights, karaoke bars, metropolis adventures, loneliness, soul-searching, and that the connections that we make in life may not last, but are never forgotten. Shot on location, in just 27 days, Lost in Translation presents a simple but beautiful story with fantastic performances by Scarlett Johansen and Bill Murray, stunning cinematography, and powerful messages presented to the audience.
    Murray plays Bob Harris, an aging American actor who is in Tokyo to do a Japanese Whiskey commercial for big bucks, instead of maintaining his status on the artistic role call or spending time with his family. It is immediately apparent that Bob is confused and essentially lost in his life not knowing what he should do. He eventually meets and befriends the youthful Charlotte, played by Scarlett Johansen who is staying in the same luxury hotel as Harris. Charlotte is a young, lovelorn, newlywed, tagging along to Tokyo with her neurotic Photographer husband. Even before Charlotte's workaholic husband essentially abandons her; it is apparent that Charlotte is also in a soul searching transitional state, stifled by a lack of direction in her life. Both Charlotte and Bob seem physically and emotionally isolated from their spouses and find themselves reflecting on their lives and where they are headed. The mutual soul searching and insomnia eventually drive the two into meeting each other. The chance encounters between Charlotte and Harris eventually blossom into a surprising friendship, with powerful camaraderie. The audience then follows the pair on their chaotic yet beautiful adventures throughout the city of Tokyo and the hilarious encounters with its citizens. From being shot with automatic pellet guns, running through the Tokyo metropolis, to late night karaoke in high rises, Lost in Translation truly depicts the craziness and beauty of the city. Bob and Charlotte discover this magnificence and the meaningfulness behind loving friendships.
    The journey brings excitement to the lives of Charlotte and Harris and the two ultimately discover a new belief in life's possibilities. Inevitably, the fairy-tale journey has to end and Harris and Charlotte have to part ways. The film ends on a controversial and graceful note which again exemplifies the theme of living in the moment and making the most of the attachments we form while we can. While the ending may burn some people, film lovers will forever adore its mystery and bittersweet quality.
    The performances of Murray and Johanssen are both equally terrific. Until recent years, when most people think of a Bill Murray movie, thoughts of Caddyshack, Groundhog's Day, Stripes, and classic SNL hi-jinks immediately come to mind. Although these films are not considered groundbreaking, Murray has truly proven himself to be a comedic genius. Aside from his underrated yet profound performance of Hunter S. Thompson in Where the Buffalo Roam, Lost in Translation marks the beginning of Murray's transition into more dramatic roles. Throughout the film, Murray does an incredible job of portraying a man who is truly lost in his life and not knowing where to turn. On the surface it seems that he should be content. He has a family, success as an actor, and large amounts of wealth. However, he is able to portray a man who is completely alone, distraught, and reflecting on his life with no feeling of accomplishment. He does this so well that the audience can't help but feel his sorrow. At the same time, he is able to combine these feelings of loneliness with his world renowned humor in a very subtle manner.
    Johannsen's performance is equally ground-breaking and compliments Murray's character very well. Her role as a confused young woman still discovering herself takes the audience back to any point in their lives when they felt the same way. The chemistry that develops between the two on screen is just as humorous as it is beautiful. Charlotte and Bob are able to laugh at the people and situations they find themselves in and laugh at each other. This coupled with their natural dialogue allows the audience to relate to each of the characters very well.
    Several messages can be taken away from this film. One is the idea of inspiring friendships, and that the connections that we make in our lives may not last, but are never forgotten. This of course comes through in the relationship that Harris and Charlotte form. Although they only spend a week together, the bond that they form is incredibly strong. The love and deep feelings that Charlotte and Harris feel for each other is handled smartly and romantically, because the two know that they live in a real world with real consequences. This highlights the subtle theme of bittersweet loneliness that is present throughout the film, which seems to challenge the audience by forcing them to reflect on their hopelessly lonely moments. What started out as a surprising friendship develops into a deep, beautiful love story and the way in which the two discover they're soul mates will be cherished in the film world for years to come.
    The idea of being lost and searching for something is another one of the prominent themes in this film. Although they are at different stages in their lives, Bob and Charlotte are lost and searching for something in their lives. By finding each other and sharing the experience they seem to rediscover themselves and realize the beauty of living in the moment. At one point, Bob makes the statement that he's lost and realizes he wants to live healthier and take better care of himself. This film is by no means preaching about health and being physically fit, but just the fact that life is beautiful and we should try and live it the best we can. Having the movie take place in a foreign land seems to make it somewhat easier for the two main characters to see this. Being in Tokyo, and being exposed to a different culture helps Bob and Charlotte live in the moment, and forces them to take a step back and put things into perspective.
    Overall, I found Lost in Translation a positively terrific film with several elements all coming together in perfect harmony. After watching this movie, I had many conflicting emotions. For one of the first times in my life, I felt sad and happy simultaneously. I was overcome with a feeling of sorrow and grief, but also a feeling of inspiration that I couldn't really describe. From examining the nature of close friendships, to showing the fascinating and chaotic aspects of another culture, to someone's own personal soul search, there are many things that one can take away from this film.

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  • Being alone in a world with no space
    This film is a masterpiece. I will not pretend to analyze its deeper meanings, but if you've ever felt alone in a crowded room full of people you don't understand, you'll get it. The soundtrack works flawlessly with the beautiful and sometimes haunting images that float through this film's landscape. If you were a fan of truly alternative, clever music in the early eighties, then you will adore this lush soundscape. To me, this film hits closer to the heart of people searching for meaning in a sometimes meaningless situation far more effectively than "American Beauty" attempted to or could have. Have a glass or two of your favorite red, turn out the lights, and let this epic of jejune avoidance carry you away. ...more info