Home > Drama >

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation (2003)

September. 18,2003
| Drama Comedy Romance

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.


Watch Trailer


Similar titles



A beautiful poem about a brief dalliance in a place that is visually stunning. If only they withheld the kiss.


Let me be honest; this is my first review. This will not be an objective review. I will not even try.Like so many other reviews here on iMDb, that I've read, I first saw this movie in the cinema, and I was spellbound. The best way for me to describe my first encounter with Lost in Translation is an 'awakening'. Yes; I fell in love with Scarlet (and Tokyo), yes; I've binge watched everything with Bill Murray in it ever since, but what affected me to most, still to this day, is that I learned that movies does'nt need to be plot driven. Not even to be perfect.The music, the acting, the locations, the ambience and the pacing is just pure perfection. So, thank you Sofia Coppola. You made me fall in love with movies all over again.


I did better with this movie the second time around. The first time was in the theater upon release and it just didn't strike me as having any relevance at all, which is usually a sign that I might have nodded off from time to time. What we have here is something of a bittersweet but unrequited love story between a late middle aged, has-been actor (Bill Murray) and the twenty-something wife (Scarlett Johansson) of an up and coming photographer on assignment in Tokyo. I say unrequited, but the relationship never really approached physical expression because I believe both parties were well guarded against getting into something that they would ultimately regret. As Charlotte's (Johansson) husband, we almost never see Giovanni Ribisi's face, which lends support to the idea that Charlotte had a marriage in name, but one in which she was not an active participant in. In Bob Harris's (Murray) case, we never even get to see his absent wife, as she's back home tending to the family while Bob's pursuing a paycheck. Watching the film can be an exercise in frustration because nothing much happens, while all the time one wishes that something would. Bob and Charlotte would make an interesting couple if not for the age disparity, or for the fact that their personal commitments lie elsewhere. Writer and director Sofia Coppola cleverly throws that scene into the end of the story where Bob searches out Charlotte in heavy Tokyo traffic for one last good bye, and he whispers a message into her ear that seems to assuage any consternation over his departure. It would be cool to know what he might have said, but better for us that it not get lost in translation.


Lost In TranslationSophia's witty writing sense about juggling emotions between the characters is not only projected beautifully but also acted out magically on the screen for it be a semi-comic scene or a disappointment about the separation. Lost In Translation is a very mild movie which touches just the perfect chords that a simple drama in a theatre does.