Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 51. Lost in Translation (2003)
51. Lost In Translation [DVD] (2003)
Plot: Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is a well-known American actor whose career is in decline; needing work, he takes a large fee to appear in a commercial for Japanese whiskey to be shot in Tokyo. Bob spends most of his non-working hours at his hotel, where he meets bored and newly married Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) at the bar.
While exploring Tokyo together, the two start up a friendship, talking about their marriages, their happiness and the meaning of it all.
Everyone wants to be found. (tagline)
Review: As much as I disliked her as an actor in Godfather Part III, I really love Sofia Coppola as a director; with Lost in Translation being my favorite one (so far).
But I really shouldn’t like this movie. It makes me think: “Hey, nothings happening!” and “Hey, Bill Murray is being dramatic!”.. And yet, I’m mesmerized..
Oscar Count: 1 Win: Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Sofia Coppola)
3 Nominations: Best Picture (Ross Katz, Sofia Coppola) Best Director (Sofia Coppola) Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bill Murray)
And every time I watch it, it makes me think about life and stuff.. Yeah I KNOW, I should hate it. But I don’t. I love it.
In 1999, Bill Murray replaced his talent agency with an automated voice mailbox that can be reached with an 800 number he gives out sparingly. Sofia Coppola reportedly left hundreds of messages on Murray’s mailbox before he finally called back to discuss her offer to cast him as the star.
PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 52. Clerks. (1994)