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Lost in Translation (2003) 1hr 41 min
Sofia Coppola may often be best known as an answer to the question, who is the only actor in all three Godfather movies? Having grown up on film sets and being the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola she might be expected to have film making in her blood. But Lost in Translation, the 2003 film starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, written and directed by Ms. Coppola is such a startling cinematic jewel it’s hard to believe such a young filmmaker created it.
Almost the definition of a small film, there are really only two stars and hardly any plot. Spoiler: they almost have an affair, then don’t. And yet this story of a young wife abandoned by her distracted husband and a washed up movie star in Japan filming a liquor ad is so beautiful and full of longing it just might break your heart. Two lost souls wander about in the bizarre insulated world of a luxury hotel in Tokyo, running into each other at odd hours (jet lag) and in even odder scenarios.
Volumes are spoken by each of them without using many words at all as they encounter the alien worlds of Japanese culture. What is love? Marriage? Romance? And when does meeting a stranger become an inflection point that changes one’s life forever. This is movie is just perfect, quiet and still as a zen pool. One expects a stone to fall in and cause ripples that reverberate across the surface but there is no stone, only life, love, and stillness. Murray shows new depth and skill the manic comedian roles he’s known for obscure, partnered with an utterly luminous and vibrant young Johansson. 32 year old Coppola has created a movie wise beyond its years, beautiful, moving, funny, and touching. Kind of like life.
Trigger warning: the opening shot is a close up of Ms. Johansson’s panty clad derriere. Other than that, there’s not really any nudity, cursing, or violence, unusual for a movie made for adults these days.
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