My Old Addiction

Lost In Translation (2003)

SOFIA COPPOLA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2003.  , , , .  Screenplay by Sofia Coppola.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Sofia Coppola, .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2003.  Golden Globe Awards 2003.  Toronto International Film Festival 2003.  

The subtle charms of this excellent romantic drama are the kind you generally expect from European cinema. Sofia Coppola has made a stunning sophomore directorial effort, a beautifully shot story about two strangers who find each other in the most desolate of circumstances: they are both stranded in a Tokyo hotel.  plays an aging movie star who has come to the city to film a whiskey ad that will pay him millions of dollars.  plays the wife of a photographer () who lounges in the hotel while her husband goes off to work. Through chance encounters in bars and elevators, the two strangers overcome their culture shock and loneliness by becoming friends and going out to paint the town red. Shades of Nelly And Monsieur Arnaud abound as this perfectly natural relationship unfolds before you, and you’ll be grateful for the experience.

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