Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Anna Faris
Directed/written by: Sofia Coppola
in Translation is a witty laugh out-loud tale of friendship.
Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, and starring Bill Murray
and Scarlett Johansson, with electric bits by ah-dorable Giovanni
Ribisi and Anna Faris, the film manages to play as real as life
itself and yet be other-plainly at the very same time. And this
talent Sofia takes no stereotypical punches; the arc doesn't
include copulation and fantastical inappropriate age matchings
- like oh-so-many older leading man films - and the end is not
telegraphed. And she cast the furiously underrated Bill Murray
in the leading dramatic role. Though fear not, Billy's given
plenty of time to "Murray" up the scenes.
American movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is checked
into a swanky hotel in Toyko, Japan. He is there to get paid
a ridiculous amount of money to promote Suntory scotch©.
He also happens to be on the brink of his mid-life crisis.
fellow hotel guest, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is there
with her hip hot photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). Her
mate is affectionate but preoccupied. She's drifting into the
wading pool of self-doubt towards the deep end by the "where-is-my-life-going"
and the movie star meet and strike up one of those foreign land
friendships. And Tokyo is a foreign land to be sure. The city
is bursting with colors, stripes, Day-Glo splashes and logos.
Willy Wonka could get wheezy here! It's consumerism in a frenzy
and makes say, Times Square, look like a cozy hamlet in comparison.
the two grow closer and share special moments of friendship
commingled with desire, they must stop and think about the reality
of the situation and life outside of this Candy Land-like world.
in Translation is a mature and sweetly honest tale of life.
And thanks to the multi-level abilities of Bill Murray to effortlessly
deliver subtle comedy, in some otherwise seriously tense moments
within life's moments, the film rises far above the crowd of
dramatic slices of what is. Of course there's plenty of hilarity
scripted as hilarity too. Sofia manages to let the serious actor
in Murray out-shine the comic actor in Bill Murray - what
a feat. Her direction is always just right. Whether it's
holding the beat or snapping an edit, her "eye" is
clearly sharp for the medium.
Johansson is so comfortable in the role you forget your watching
a film at times. This young actor has only just begun to show
her talents! Keep an eye out for anything with her name on it.
Speaking? Whatever the nepotistic value of Lost
in Translation's production (there's multiple Coppolas hidden
whithin its frames...), I assure you this is a fantabulous film.
Bravo Bella! Lost
in Translation tells a story without judging, or whacking
you over the head with its "message" which, to me,
is life and its various paths is hard to explain and if we tried?
It would just get lost in the translation.
Snack recommendation: Suntory scotch© and steak
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conversation with director Sofia Coppola and actor Bill
on Location" - behind-the-scenes featurette including
exclusive footage shot by the filmmakers
Best Hit TV" - an extended version of the Japanese