Lost in Translation (film)
Lost in Translation is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Bill Murray stars as a fading American movie star who is having a midlife crisis when he travels to Tokyo to promote Suntory whisky. There, he befriends another estranged American named Charlotte, a young woman and recent college graduate played by Scarlett Johansson. The film explores themes of alienation and disconnection against a backdrop of cultural displacement in Japan.
About Lost in Translation (film) in brief
Lost in Translation is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Bill Murray stars as Bob Harris, a fading American movie star who is having a midlife crisis when he travels to Tokyo to promote Suntory whisky. There, he befriends another estranged American named Charlotte, a young woman and recent college graduate played by Scarlett Johansson. Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Faris also feature. The film explores themes of alienation and disconnection against a backdrop of cultural displacement in Japan. At the 76th Academy Awards, Lost in Translation won Best Original Screenplay, and the film was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Other accolades won include three Golden Globe Awards and three British Academy Film Awards. Critics praised the performances of Murray and Johansson, as well as the writing and direction of Coppelola. The two share a kiss, say goodbye, and departs together in a taxi. The writer-director has described the film as a story about being disconnected and looking for a goodbyes, and about being a part of a larger community of people who are trying to make a difference in the lives of the people around them. The movie premiered on August 29, 2003, at the Telluride Film Festival and was viewed as a critical and commercial success. It was released in the United States and Canada on August 30, 2003. It has been hailed as one of the best films of the decade. It is also one of only a handful of films to have been released in Japan, with the other two being The Godfather and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2003. The screenplay was short and Coppolas often allowed a significant amount of improvisation during filming. The director of photography, Lance Acord, used available light as often as possible and many Japanese places of business and public areas were used as locations for shooting. In the days that follow, Bob and Charlotte spend more time together, and their friendship strengthens. They both grapple with additional feelings of jet lag and culture shock in Tokyo and often pass the time by lounging around the hotel. One night, while each cannot sleep, the two share an intimate conversation about Charlotte’s personal uncertainties and their married lives. Bob spends the night with a lounge singer from the hotel bar on the penultimate night of his stay. The pair reencounter each other in the evening when Bob reveals that he will be leaving Tokyo the following day. The next morning, when Bob takes a taxi ride to the airport, he sees Charlotte on a crowded street and whispers something in her ear. He then embraces her and whispers “I love you” in a sincere but unsatisfactory goodesby. After several encounters, when John is on assignment outside Tokyo, Charlotte invites Bob into the city to meet some local friends. After 10 weeks of editing, Coppla sold distribution rights for the U.S. and Canada to Focus Features. The company promoted the film by generating positive word of mouth before its theatrical release.