Lost in Translation (DVD)

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Winner of an Academy Award in 2003 for best original screenplay and three Golden Globe awards including best actor for Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola's poignant drama about Americans abroad stars Bill Murray as Bob Harris, a movie actor well past his prime who is in Tokyo to shoot a whiskey commercial. Jet-lagged and disillusioned, Bob spends most of his free time in the hotel bar, where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson). She is married to John (Giovanni Ribisi), a successful photographer in Tokyo on an assignment, who pays her scant attention, leaving her to her own devices most of the time. Both bored and lonely, Bob and Charlotte become friends, and form a strong and meaningful bond as they explore Tokyo together. The two share a dissatisfaction with their lives: Charlotte is intelligent enough to understand that her marriage is going nowhere, and Bob's relationship with his wife has become more like a business partnership (his wife communicates with him by Fed-Exing upholstery samples for his new study to the hotel) than a marriage. As their friendship develops, the fun and warmth they are getting from it serves to highlight the lack of affection in their marriages, and they both start to gain an insight into what really matters in their lives.

Product Details

Barcode
5060049145198
Department
Movies & TV
Released
28 Jun 2004
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Enhanced WS tv
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Interviews: Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola
  • Bonus Tracks: Kevin Shields - 'City Girl'
Runtime
97 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Lost in Translation
Release Year
2003
Running Time
102 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Affairs / Essential Cinema / Japan / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$43.2 million
Official Website
http://www.focusfeatures.com/index.php
Ratings
IMDb
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes®
95% 86%
Metacritic
89
Synopsis
Sofia Coppola's second feature-length film focuses on two guests at a Tokyo hotel--Bob (Bill Murray), a middle-aged actor in town to film whiskey commercials, and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), the young wife of a trendy photographer (Giovanni Ribisi) who is always out on a shoot. When Bob isn't on the job taking fragmented direction from the Japanese crew, he's receiving faxes on home decorating from his emotionally distant wife. And while her husband is away, Charlotte spends most of her time trying to motivate herself to do more than look out the window at Tokyo's urban sprawl. So when the two meet in the hotel bar, they strike up an unusual friendship, one that provides a welcome escape from their boredom and loneliness.

With LOST IN TRANSLATION, Coppola cements her reputation as a thoughtful and inventive filmmaker. Every element of the movie is pitch-perfect, from the dreamy, atmospheric score to the expertly timed editing to the lingering shots of the characters and the city. Most importantly, Coppola's minimalist script allows Murray and Johansson to give astonishingly moving yet subtle performances as people who are lost in the limbo of a foreign country, but find each other for comfort and companionship. Both heartbreakingly sad and hilariously funny, Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION is that rare movie in which everything is in its right place.
Notes
Theatrical Release: SEPTEMBER 12, 2003 (NY/LA)
SEPTEMBER 19, 2003 (EXPANDS)
Poster
Poster for Lost in Translation
Cast & Crew
Director
Sofia Coppola
Star
Giovanni Ribisi / Anna Faris / Fumihiro Hayashi / Scarlett Johansson / Bill Murray / Yutaka Tadokoro
Screenwriter
Sofia Coppola
Executive Producer
Francis Ford Coppola / Fred Roos
Producer
Sofia Coppola / Ross Katz
Director of Photography
Lance Acord
Music
Brian Reitzell / Kevin Shields
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...Sweet and sad at the same time it is sardonic and funny....Bill Murray has never been better..."
Roger Ebert (12 Sep 2003, p.31)
Entertainment Weekly
"...What's astonishing about Sofia Coppola's enthralling new movie is the precision, maturity and originality with which the confident young writer-director communicates so clearly in a cinematic language all her own..."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (19 Sep 2003, p.65)
Los Angeles Times
"...The film itself -- tart and sweet, unmistakably funny and exceptionally well observed -- marks the arrival of 32-year-old writer-director Sofia Coppola as a mature talent with a distinctive sensibility and the means to express it..."
Kenneth Turan (12 Sep 2003, p.C1)
New York Times
"...One of the purest and simplest examples ever of a director falling in love with her star's gifts. And never has a director found a figure more deserving of her admiration than Bill Murray..."
Elvis Mitchell (12 Sep 2003, p.E1)
Rolling Stone
"...Altogether remarkable....LOST IN TRANSLATION is found gold..."
Peter Travers (2 Oct 2003, p.124)
Uncut
"It's packed with incident....It's all in Murray's face....It's a magnificent performance that doesn't seem like acting at all..."
Allan Jones (1 Jul 2004, p.139)
USA Today
"...The joys of Sofia Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION come from watching Murray modify his trademark passive-aggressive style into played-straight comic bewilderment....This is a career worth watching and a movie worth watching, too..."
Mike Clark (12 Sep 2003, p.1E)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: 2003 - Sofia Coppola