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Lost in Translation is one of my favourite films and it would be on my list of top ten films of all time.
Sometimes an individual has to go overseas in order to assess and take stock of their lives.A middle aged American actor, Bob Harris travels to Tokyo, Japan to film a whisky commercial and a young college graduate, Charlotte accompanies her photographer husband on his work assignment to Tokyo, Japan. Their paths cross, their lives interconnect and they develop a close friendship through which they see life with a renewed vision of hope embracing what lies ahead in the future.
Sofia Coppols has directed a timeless, cinema classic and masterpiece with Lost in Translation for which she won the 2004, Best Original Screenplay Academy Award. Bill Murray is excellent in one of the best roles of his career as Bob Harris winning BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. He is brilliantly supported by Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte for which she earned a BAFTA award.
One of the best films to emerge post millennium, Lost in Translation is original, enchanting and unforgettable. It is also one of the best films to show the magic and cultural paradox that is Tokyo, Japan.
If you like bill Murray you will love this film, it's hard to explain what makes this film great. You become a voyeur, watching an unlikely coming together of 2 lost soles, 2 people who would ordinarily walk straight past each other, but in this amazing country they both share a common interest, they're both lost and alone. It has a beautiful pace, it ambles and strolls thru a short period in their life, a period that could go many different ways. It is really a happy tale of remembering what's important, remember to live your life and remember to not take everything for granted. It is not lol or adventure, but is is a beautifully told tale
Not our favourite. Bought out of curiosity and admiration of the actors, we found this all rather passe. This may be due to our lack of appreciation or admiration for everyone's' hero Bill Murray, but it is now so out of time. Possibly a masterpiece of its time, but out of time today?
This is a sweet and subtle story in which Bill Murray kind of plays himself; an ageing movie star on assignment in Japan filming a whiskey commercial. He's not happy, and it isn't just the jet lag. He feels himself growing further and further apart from his wife and kids back home who seem only to exist through late night phone calls while they go about their daily routine, barely paying him attention in the process.
At the same time, Charlotte (played by Johansson), another guest at the same hotel, seems to be realising she married the wrong guy, who's out all day every day photographing Japanese boy bands leaving her alone to turn things over and over in her mind. Eventually Bill and Charlotte notice each other. 'Alone' in the sky high hotel in a totally alien environment, they drift together.
While it is one of my favourite films, I'm afraid I found the upgrade to Blu Ray a little disappointing. The movie transfer is very grainy. Not that I mind grain on film usually, as long as it doesn't distract. And it does here.
5 stars for the movie, 3 stars for the dated Blu-ray transfer. It is still the best it has looked on a home format and it is might be limited by the quality of the source elements but I would like to think it could be improved. Maybe if criterion gets it or if it gets a 4k release.
Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the film for the first time as the film stock used to transfer to Blu-Ray is usually "worked on" first to get as good a copy as possible. My taste in films may not be the same as yours so if you want to know about this film I suggest that you use the internet to find 2 or 3 reviews by experienced film reviewers and make your judgment whether or not to buy this film. I have watched over 600 films in my life and have a collection of over 200 Blu-Ray's and I rate this one 8/10.
One of my Top 10 films - superbly-cast and thoroughly deserved of the Oscar for the Best Screenplay. Scarlett looks lovely, the dialogue is razor-sharp, the pathos is touching, the underlying autobiographical element is brutal, Murray's timing is naturally perfect (or is that perfectly natural?)
"Lost in Translation" ist einer meiner Lieblingsfilme. Gekauft weil ich diesen Film, nach jahrelangen Schauen, nun als DVD haben möchte, bevor er irgendwann nirgends mehr kaufbar ist.
Geschichtlich gesehen gefällt mir an diesem Film die Tatsache, dass es vollkommen so wirkt als ob die Geschichte aus dem realen Leben eingefangen wurde. Zwei Personen die den Weg in ihrem Leben verloren haben finden in einem Hotel zueinander und haben eine gewisse Verbindung, die ihnen gut tut. Es geht hierbei nicht um eine Affäre (allgemein haben sie keinen Sex) sondern einfach nur darum dass sie zusammen Gespräche führen und Dinge erleben, die ihren Seelen gut tun, während sie zwischendurch für einige Momente immer wieder in ihr "reales Leben" zurückkehren. Gekrönt wird dieser Film von einem melancholischem Ende, das seinesgleichen sucht. Dennoch ist dies kein Romantikfilm und ich finde auch die Bezeichnung "Komödie" wie auf der Rückseite der DVD geworben wird vollkommen Falsch.
Der Film ist wunderbar für nachdenkliche Menschen. Menschen die Filme mögen die vom wahren Leben stammen könnten. Auch nehme ich Scarlett und Bill ab, das sie in diesem Film ihr vollkommenes Herzblut gesteckt haben um die Charaktere zum Leben zu erwecken. Für diesen Film muss man aber auch ein gewisses "Gefühl" besitzen, vielleicht sogar "Empathie" um die Charaktere und die Handlung nachzuvollziehen und nachempfinden zu können, wer dazu in der Lage ist, wird einen Meisterwerk sehen.