Why have I just now watched this masterpiece of a film?! Lost in Translation is a beautiful meditation on life, love, and happiness, all tied together with a fantastic cast and gorgeous cinematography.
Sofia Coppola’s film stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as an aging actor and the wife of a famed photographer, respectively. They’re both staying in the same hotel in Tokyo, suffering from culture shock and having no idea what the hell is going on. They’re both following the directions of others until one fateful night they meet at the hotel bar. They strike up an unlikely friendship and love blooms, as do painful questions about what it means to be truly happy and what’s worth fighting for.
The acting is superb. Murray and Johansson are perfectly cast, with Murray being tired and full of life experience and Johansson radiating innocence and hope. Anna Faris and Giovanni Ribisi are great supports, adding a little extra spice and nuance to the film.
The cinematography is simple and clean, and I loved how each shot was lovingly and gorgeously framed. At times claustrophobic, and at others wide open, the framing of the film perfectly encapsulated the surroundings.
This is a very dialogue-heavy film, with not much happening. If you don’t like listening to meaningful discussions for two hours, you’ll be bored to tears by Lost in Translation. If you like peeking into the lives of others and hearing their innermost thoughts, then you’ll love this film. Personally, the film struck a chord with me and left me with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face as the credits rolled.
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