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Film – Quick Thoughts: Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola
Written by: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
My rating: 4 of 5

This is another one that I’ve seen before and really enjoyed. It’s a sweet film, two people in Tokyo, far from home, feeling lost and lonely but finding companionship in each other. Charlotte (Johansson) is young, just finished school and has been married a couple of years but doesn’t know where her life is going, having followed her photographer husband to Tokyo but barely seeing him and not feeling like she fits in with his world. Bob (Murray) is an older actor whose career has peaked long ago, in Japan for a lucrative commercial deal but feeling dissatisfied with where his life has brought him.

Though there are other characters it’s mostly just Charlotte and Bob, hanging out and talking. I particuarly liked this conversation:

Charlotte: “I’m stuck. Does it get easier?”

Bob: “No. Yes. It gets easier.”

Charlotte: “Oh yeah? Look at you.”

Bob: “Thanks. The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

That rang true to me, I’ve said similar things before.

Despite the difference in ages their friendship comes about fairly naturally, being drawn to one another because they’re both obviously foreigners. Scarlett Johansson does a good job in her role and Bill Murray is always fantastic in anything, so a film that mostly just sits back and gives him screen time almost can’t fail to be good. Lost in Translation certainly isn’t a failure, it’s very good.

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