I know most of my posts are about classic hollywood or even the 1970’s cinema, which I love, and I’m not truly a fan of the movies that have been made since 2000, but there are a few that occupy a place in my must-watch list. Lost In Translation (2003), directed by Sofia Coppola, is not only one of those few, it’s one of my favourite films ever.
Yesterday, I watched it for the third time, and I loved it just as much as the first, or even more. To me, there’s something magical about this film and its atmosphere, it’s beautiful and captivating, dreamy and yet so human. I’m not very good when it comes to reviewing movies, my reviews always end up being rather mediocre, but however, I felt the need to express my love for Lost In Translation and also share quite a bunch of nice captures I saved.
I like Sofia Coppola, but when I tried to watch The Virgin Suicides or Marie Antoinette, all I could think of was: the cinematography is beautiful. Nothing else. With Lost In Translation, I can say much more than that! It’s a film that moves me and makes me feel good whenever I’m feeling bored or sad, and it definitely is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. I’ve fallen in love with Scarlett Johansson since the day I discovered this movie, she’s become one of my muses, and although I don’t think she’s such a great actress, I do like her a lot; she’s quite good as Charlotte, it works perfectly well for me.
Coppola said that she wrote the character of Bob Harris with Bill Murray in mind and she only wanted him for the part, which I think is great. I grew up watching Bill Murray on the screen, you know, The Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, so I’m very very fond of him and it’s always a pleasure to see him; he is so convincing as Bob, he’s incredible.
A lot of people constantly complain about the movie, saying nothing ever happens or how tediously slow it is. I believe it’s not an ordinary film, it might not be easy to watch for everyone, but if you see it twice or really pay attention to it, you will like it. To me, the fact that Bob and Charlotte never sleep together is amazing, I mean, I love that detail, because I think that’s one of the factors that turn Lost In Translation into a wonderful motion picture. They are attracted to each other, but they don’t need sex to connect and support each other through their respective crisis.
The cinematography and the shots of the city are incredibly pretty, and I also adore the way the colors blend together. The soundtrack is marvelous, though it isn’t particulary “my style”, anyhow, it fits perfectly alright with everything. I suppose that if you’d ask me to name my three favourite movies, I’d say Sunset Blvd (1950), directed by Billy Wilder; Cabaret (1972), directed by Bob Fosse; and definitely Lost In Translation.