Lost in Translation

Published September 9, 2020

Lost in Translation

Film info

  • Title Lost in Translation
  • Director Sofia Coppola
  • Year 2003
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Tagline Everyone wants to be found

Bob is a movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte is a young wife tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband. Through their respective insomnias, the two cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar and strike up a surprisingly intimate friendship. As the unlikely pair venture through Tokyo together, having often hilarious encounters with its citizens, they ultimately discover a new belief in life's possibilities.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:14 Interesting opening shot!
2:30 Love his expression that is like, everything is the same but just that slightly bit different.
4:04 The massive amount of handshaking is making me even more uncomfortable than it used to.
6:02 Fax machine in the bedroom is not conducive to sleep.
10:35 “It seemed like he said quite a bit more than that.”
19:37 I like that she gets out and about in a foreign country. So easy to just stay in the hotel.
21:49 “This is not whisky, this is iced tea. If you gave me a real whisky…”
23:40 Roger Moore!
36:40 Aww, I miss arcades. That’s a lot of sticky buttons though.
43:05 I can’t believe she sent actual carpet samples.
49:11 The mini private karaoke bars are fun.
54:41 It’s a real skill to be able to unlock a door whilst also carrying someone.
1:01:48 Are the ladies in the back supposed to be laughing?
1:08:03 The wooden wine beaker is intriguing.
1:12:18 “Your life, as you know it, is gone. Never to return.”
1:21:05 These conversations with his wife are painful.
1:26:30 Oh my god, fire alarm. They only just got to sleep.
1:34:38 Lost in the crowds.


What a film this is.

Seen it before, a long time ago, and have fond memories of it - to the point that I was a little nervous watching it again in case it didn’t quite live up to my own expectations. Of course it did though. From the opening moments, you know you’re in for something a little different and the way it weaves around Tokyo revealing only fragments of the lives of our two protagonists is incredible.

It’s not a story, it’s a snapshot, and it’s wonderful. Scarlet and Bill do an incredible job, and have a great chemistry, considering how unlikely companions they are. And I love how it ends - not laying everything out for you, but giving you just enough hope that everything will work out okay… and best of all you can make that whatever you want it to be.

Rating: 5 / 5

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