Lost in Translation

Released 2003


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Sofia Coppola
Lost in Translation is a 2003 film directed by Sofia Coppola. Bill Murray stars as Bob Harris, an American actor in Tokyo, Japan working on a whiskey commercial. Also in Japan is Charlotte (Scarlett Johnansson), a recently married young woman accompanying her husband John (Giovanni Ribisi) on his job photographing a celebrity in Tokyo. Bob's marriage in America is strained and this time away from home is not helping. Charlotte is also having second thoughts about her marriage, realizing that John seems to care about his work more than her. Charlotte and Bob are both wandering Japan alone until in the middle of the night they meet each other in the hotel bar. They had previously noticed each other in the hotel but have not spoken until this night. They decide to spend time together in order to curb their loneliness and have some fun in Japan. The two wander through the city, eat foreign foods, and go to karaoke bars at night. Charlotte and Bob become very close until Bob sleeps with the lounge singer at the bar, causing Charlotte to become jealous. The film was well received by critics and audiences alike. Lost in Translation was nominated for four Academy Awards including best picture, best actor (Bill Murray), best director, and best original screenplay which it won.moreless


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  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Here he (Murray) supplies the kind of performance that seems so fully realized and effortless that it can easily be mistaken for not acting at all.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The fact that this kind of serious material ends up playing puckishly funny as well as poignant is a tribute both to Coppola and to her do-or-die decision to cast Murray in the lea...

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    The film's unhurried pace will target it for discerning audiences only, but its wry humor and coolly amused observation of contemporary Japan should score with smart urbanites.

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Comedy, Drama


Showbiz, Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance