Lost in Translation


With her dreamy, seductive cinematic valentine Lost in Translation, writer/director Sofia Coppola became the third woman in history to be nominated for the Best Director Academy Award, as well as that year’s winner of the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award.

“A delicate, funny, beautifully observed study of impossible romance … Bill Murray’s performance is a subtle miracle.” – Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) are two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is a disillusioned, 50-something movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while the 25-year-old Charlotte is a married but lovelorn young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). Unable to sleep, Bob and Charlotte cross paths late one night in the luxury hotel bar. This chance meeting soon evolves into a surprising friendship. Charlotte and Bob venture through Tokyo, having hilarious and unexpected encounters with its citizens, and ultimately the two soul mates discover a new belief in life’s possibilities. Equally funny and poignant, Coppola’s film ravishes the senses with an intoxicating atmosphere of melancholy and slow-burning romance built from moody lighting, mesmerizing music (Murray’s karaoke rendition of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” is unforgettable) and the undeniably lovely chemistry between its two leads. (Dir. by Sofia Coppola, 2003, USA/Japan, in English and Japanese with subtitles, 101 mins. Rated R)