Saturday, 3 September 2016

''Lost in Translation'' (2003 film)- Review

Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Released: 2003
Country: United States

Cast: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Genre: Comedy-drama

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


 I found ''Lost in Translation'' a subtle yet sublime, a simple yet highly relateable film.
Charlotte, played by Scarlett Johansson, has come to Tokyo with her husband, who happens to be a photographer. While her husband spends his days outside, working, Charlotte spends all her time in the hotel, shrouded with loneliness. In the same hotel, famous middle-aged actor Bob, played by Bill Murray, is staying. He is filming for an ad in Japan. Bob is equally lonely, stuck in a problematic marriage and going through a midlife crisis. When the paths of Charlotte and Bob cross, they strike up a friendship that eventually helps them overcome their loneliness and find answers to many of the questions they were asking themselves.

''Lost in Translation'' deals with a subject matter simple yet touching, and Sofia Coppola manages to give the film a perfect shape, a touch of great sublimity. The film is a great reflection of human emotions, of loneliness, of dilemmas, of the beauty of friendship, of the meaning of life. The film is subtle, very subtle, yet so very beautiful and perfectly handled that it is a film that definitely cannot be forgotten, it is a film that deals with things that we ourselves keep experiencing in our lives: loneliness and a search for fulfillment, a search for a way to get rid of emptiness. Many of us have met a certain person- or certain people- who have helped us overcome these problems. This is why I could relate so much to this film. Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray both deliver perfect performances. Add with it the excellent cinematography, background music and the setting. Sofia Coppola's screenplay is brilliant. She takes her threads from loneliness and the beauty of friendship, and weaves them together into a deeply moving film.

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