Monday, November 8, 2010

Movie of the Week - Lost in Translation

This week’s movie is Lost in Translation (2003).

The film is about two lonely people in Tokyo who meet in a hotel bar, and see each other in the hotel over the course of a few days, forming a deep connection. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola (for which she won a best screenplay Oscar), the film is a beautiful tale. Not to mention the standout work by cinematographer Lance Acord (who always does great work, but this might be his best). Composer Kevin Shields, editor Sarah Flack and production designers K.K. Barrett and Anne Ross also contribute top-notch work to the film, making it the wonderfully aesthetically interesting piece that it is. The cast is also very good, with fun bit parts from Anna Farris and Giovanni Ribisi. Co-stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are both marvelous, giving (possibly) the best performances of their careers. Murray is hilarious in his culture-clashing interactions, but there is a deep sadness to him as well, while Johansson is sweet with an innocent quality to her. What makes the film great is that while nothing really happens, it is completely engaging being both funny and sad. This is a must see for fans of Murray and good cinema, as this is certainly among the best from the last decade (and one of my favorites). Check out the trailer.

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