LOST IN TRANSLATION

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Overall Impression – Mesmerizing.  Bill Murray’s performance caps even GHOSTBUSTERS… and that’s saying something.

THE FOUR QUESTIONS

Who’s your main character? – Bob Harris.

What’s he trying to accomplish? – Professional: make it through his commercial work.  Personal: start enjoying life again.  Private: truly connect with another person.

Who’s trying to stop him? – Himself, his work, various minor antagonists throughout.

What happens if he fails? – Bob will continue moving through life instead of living it – metaphorical death.

THE FOUR ARCHETYPES

Orphan – The picture says it all.  Bob’s in a strange country, he doesn’t connect with anybody, and he feels isolated and sidelined due to his waning fame.

Wanderer – Bob’s entire experience of Japan is one of discovery and bewilderment.  He explores a new culture, a new way of life… but most importantly, he meets Charlotte, who’s as much a lonely outcast as he is.

Warrior – Bob prolongs his stay in Japan in order to spend more time with Charlotte, meaning he has to endure more embarrassing and bewildering publicity work.  As the two of them become close, they learn both about themselves and each other, and start to enjoy life to the point where neither of them wants to be apart.

Martyr – Bob and Charlotte may be kindred spirits, but they’re both from different worlds.  They have to say goodbye to each other and go back to their normal lives.

AND, IN THE END…

Apparently talent runs in the family.  LOST IN TRANSLATION was written and directed by Sofia Coppola, and what a great job she did.  This is an insightful look at a foreign culture, human connection and isolation.  It’s also hilarious.

I only wish I could’ve experienced this in theaters.

– Dan Pilditch

One Response to “LOST IN TRANSLATION”

  1. T. April 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    this movie’s awesome!

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