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Lost in Translation [HD DVD]

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars While not for everybody... July 18 2004
This film is not for everybody. The premise is not strange but it does have an exotic air to it. One reviewer here wrote something about it's lack of sensitivity towards Japan and the Japanese. I didn't see that. I saw a film about two displaced people who probably shouldn't have gone to Japan and I never was convinced that their take of the country was meant to be worldly or balanced. They were both their because of circumstances that led them there and their take was never meant to be some utopian ideal. The actor (Murray) was there because the money was too good (presumebly) to pass up. The young wife (Johanssen) was there to be with her new husband, and she did try to take in the culture and the sights. That they amused themselves in their boredom by making light of their circumstances is nothing more than a safety valved to compensate for their loneliness and apprehension about being in that alien place. As the film progressed they got out of their shells and had fun among the locals, and by the end there was no doubt that the memory of the experience would be a high mark among others which would sustain them as they continued in their lives. I really loved to see how this change came about as well as the sexless love affair that ensued (the lack of sexual intimacy put more weight into the affair making it seem somewhat more potent and on some levels more disturbing when regarding their marriage partners) within this setting of glittering towers, high tech commercial visual displays and little restaurants. The population, that was as varried as any metropolitan cities around the world, and despite the language barrier, were also the stars. The fact that Murray's character is uneasy and somewhat flippant toward his hosts is not because he's a creep. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Souls March 16 2004
Although "Lost in Translation" stars Bill Murray, it's not one of his mainstream comedies but an - often humorous - offbeat love story, or friendship story, or lost soul story. It's the fact that you end up not quite sure which that is a major part of its charm.
Longtime filmgoers may remember Richard Linklater's 1995 "Before Sunrise", which starred Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as an American man and a French girl who meet and develop a romantic relationship over the space of a few hours while he's backpacking through Europe. It's a film that I quite liked. But "Lost in Translation" is not only a similar movie. It's a better and more complex one. "Before Dawn" was sometimes a little too in love with its own wordiness.
Sofia Coppola's script for "Lost in Translation" is fairly minimalist, leaving plenty of room for Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson to develop their relationship through a look, a gesture, a moment of silence. And then there are the added complications. Murray's character Bob Harris is facing a mid-life crisis. Johanssen's Charlotte is in her early to mid-twenties. Both are married.
Bob is a slightly over the hill actor who - he tells Charlotte - could be at home doing a play but is in Tokyo to do an ad for whisky for 2 million dollars. Charlotte is the wife of a fashion photographer, played by Giovanni Ribisi who's in town to do a shoot. Charlotte's been married two years, and is beginning to think she doesn't really know who her husband is. Bob has been married for 25 years and it's a marriage that seems to exist for the sake of the children. During their cross world phone calls neither he nor his wife seem to be very open with one another emotionally.
Both characters are jet-lagged and suffering from insomnia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious? Don't make me laugh July 2 2004
By Grimmy
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
No, wait ...
... on second thoughts, DO make me laugh. After all, this film is described as "Hilarious" by Rolling Stone or something. "Two Thumbs Up"!
Well are you in for a slow-moving piece of mood music. Yes, if you keep in mind that it's about loneliness, etc. and there's a great performance by Bill Murray, and you have a couple of hours to kill without wanting any recompense, go ahead and watch it. It does succeed in immersing you in its molasses-paced arthouse study of whatever it is the critics said it was a study of, but it's hardly hilarious.
Sure, Murray might have turned in a great performance. But so what? It's like following a complete stranger around for a week, and not a terribly interesting one at that. His subtle performance is stretched out over too much time.
You might have guessed I don't have much patience for movies that don't go anywhere in two hours. You might also have guessed I'm not paid to watch stuff like this, but instead have to pay for the privilege. All I know is, I didn't enjoy it much, and I want my money back.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the hype July 2 2004
By Megan
It was okay, but there were so many glaring inconsistencies that it made no sense. We are supposed to believe that Charlotte graduated from Yale 2 years ago and was married 3 years ago... when is the last time that a Junior at Yale got married? And while she was at Yale, how was her boyfriend/fiance/husband being a hotshot LA photographer? Why wouldn't they have waited until she was graduated, if they couldn't even live together until then?
This might seem really minor, but it bothered me for the whole movie. How could I believe in the actions and motivations (and it is very much a movie about actions, or lack thereof, and motivations) when there was such a tremendous aspect of the character's life that made no sense whatsoever?
The movie was beautifully shot, and you definately get a sense of the isolation. There are a few very good lines. The actors are all great. It is worth seeing, if only to decide for yourself if the hye is worth it. I didn't think that it was, but I'm aware that's not a popular opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made me feel a cool kind of sad
Didn't know what to expect from this, all I know is I would love to go to a strange land, fall in love with the perfect woman and escape it all. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite film
Just amazing, images, situations, dialogues. Very good actors performance and Tokyo looks like a crazy city fool of nice ppl.
Published 15 months ago by axia13
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it!
I find it extremely interesting how people can feel so divided on this film. This is my favourite movie of all time. Every time I watch this movie, I love it more. Read more
Published 21 months ago by RobF
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Picture Quality = Great
My review might be a little biased as I love this movie and could watch it day after day so I can sit and endure some grainy scenes without realizing it. Read more
Published on April 12 2011 by Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars With Some Reservations I Can Say: Wonderful Film!
I'm a lover of foreign and art house films and I generally dislike American films equally as vociferously. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2010 by Anthony Gualtieri
4.0 out of 5 stars "And I didn't feel anything..."
The first time I saw this movie I actually hated it. My roommate owns it so I watched it again when I was home sick a little while ago. Read more
Published on June 5 2007 by Jennie
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm With Supervixen
I think the aforementioned review hits most of the same points I would put forth about the film and the general reaction to it. Read more
Published on May 12 2006 by SRM
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost here
Loneliness is one of the most basic human emotions; when experiencing it, some people will reach out to others who understand that feeling. Read more
Published on March 1 2005 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Boredom....
Before coming online to see if anyone else agreed, my first reaction when this movie ended (along with my desire for a coffee jolt) - was that this felt like "Indie For... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2004 by supervixen
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool little diddy
Well, I don't know.. I thought it was OK! I did like the cultural clashes that the main Characters found in Japan. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
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