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Lost in Translation (2003)

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Re: Lost in Translation (2003)
Added by WKR (email) on 2003-10-13 18:07:26

I viewed the differences in culture, not as a distraction through the movie, but as central to creating the sense of lonliness. The sense of alienation is created in the characters not only through their moods, and personal situations, but also, because of how "foreign" everything around them is. Coppola did a great job of creating a particular feeling through showing differences, and I think that feeling was misinterpreted by the reviewer.

Re: Lost in Translation (2003)
Added by Bill King (email) on 2003-10-18 21:33:11

I actually address those concerns in the review:

"Surrounded by a culture unfamiliar to them, Bob and Charlotte find each other's company a refreshing relief. Finally, they have someone to connect to, someone to take their minds off the fact that they have trouble relating to everyone around them. They spend many days and nights together, discussing their innermost thoughts, opening up in ways they could never do before."

I get the movie's theme, and it's a good one, but was it really necessary for Coppola to include so many scenes highlighting the differences between our cultures? I got the point, but it's like Coppola had to reiterate her intentions throughout the film. I understand the purpose of the scenes, but I object to the quantity.

Late in the film, Murray uses a small razor to shave. Come on. That late in the film, why is Coppola still trying to make the point that he's out of place in Japan? We've understood the movie's theme of loneliness and isolation for awhile. Coppola's habit of reinforcing her theme is what I object to in an otherwise well-acted and sincere movie.

Re: Lost in Translation (2003)
Added by Movie Goer   on 2004-01-26 00:14:56

Thank g-d someone else didn't like this movie! I was beginning to think I lost my mind. I am a huge Bill Murray fan and really wanted to like this film. But it moved so slow and I may have fallen asleep during it or maybe not but just felt like everyone in the movie was sleeping through it.

Re: Lost in Translation (2003)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2004-04-28 07:25:20

It might take a few viewings to appreciate more. I thought it was the best film of 2003.

Re: Lost in Translation (2003)
Added by carl langley   on 2004-07-06 14:48:02

Personally, I don't think a film needs repeated viewings to appreciate it more. Sure there are films that can garner different opinions on a second viewing, but I think it's the initial viewing that should impact you and if it hasn't, then it's not worth a second viewing.

Lost in Translation was sweet and cunning at its core, but I did not find it on my top ten at the end of the year. I really appreciated the focus on need of friendship and being in a different culture was a nice touch. Kind of showed that they were the only ones that could truly understand each other.

A nice little film credited way too much attention. Shame.

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