Lost in Translation

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Sofia Coppola's award-winning Lost in Translation comes to DVD in a wonderful package from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The film comes in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture (a full-screen edition is also available), with full and rich sound options that come in both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 tracks. Special features on the disc begin with the brilliant "'Lost' on Location" behind-the-scenes documentary. Shot handheld by a small crew during the shoot in Tokyo (including Coppola's husband-at-the-time...
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Overview

Sofia Coppola's award-winning Lost in Translation comes to DVD in a wonderful package from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The film comes in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture (a full-screen edition is also available), with full and rich sound options that come in both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 tracks. Special features on the disc begin with the brilliant "'Lost' on Location" behind-the-scenes documentary. Shot handheld by a small crew during the shoot in Tokyo (including Coppola's husband-at-the-time Spike Jonze), the footage offers a rare inside look at a production that itself seems lost within the same very foreign land as its two main characters. Capturing a few stellar moments between Murray and the crew, the footage is a welcome surprise amidst the hype-driven studio featurettes that too often litter DVDs. Though not quite as solid, the ten-minute conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola feature does give the viewer a bit more background on the production (which a commentary would have covered if it'd been included), though some will no doubt be looking for more out of the two than an on-the-fly Q & A on a balcony in Rome. Thankfully, the disc isn't done yet, as it continues with the entire clip from Matthew's Best Hit TV show, featuring a hilarious bit with Murray and a box of live eels that needs to be seen to be believed. The music video for Kevin Shields' "City Girl" is also supplied, along with a section of five extended and deleted scenes that serve as a nice complement to the film but offer little else. The original theatrical trailer rounds out the extras on this fine disc.
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Special Features

Lost on location; "Matthew's Best Hit TV"; Kevin Shields' "City Girl" music video; deleted scenes; a conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola; theatrical trailer.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The undisputed sleeper hit of 2003, this utterly captivating little drama richly deserves its critical and commercial success, and we're happy to report that, if anything, it's even more bewitching when seen on a small screen. Lost in Translation tells a deceptively slight story, but under the direction of Sofia Coppola The Virgin Suicides it becomes an unusually engrossing tale of the basic human longing for connection. Bill Murray, in what is surely his best screen performance to date, portrays a middle-aged movie star whose career is on the wane. Sent to Tokyo to shoot a high-paying series of commercials, the severely jet-lagged actor befriends a commercial photographer's young wife Scarlett Johansson, who's feeling extremely dislocated and having second thoughts about her hastily arranged marriage while her husband Giovanni Ribisi is off on various shoots. The unlikely friendship that springs up between actor and wife -- he's old enough to be her father -- animates this film, which perfectly conveys their simultaneous feelings of loneliness, alienation, and exhaustion. Coppola's script is remarkably short on dialogue, and her direction is preternaturally sensitive and understated. The leading characters' intensity of feeling is conveyed with the simplest of looks and gestures, and there's an almost voyeuristic thrill of discovery to be had while watching their relationship develop from sequence to sequence. Murray's performance is commendable in its restraint, but Johansson's is even more remarkable, especially since she's playing a character who is several years older than she is. Supporting players Ribisi and Anna Faris as a ditzy blonde actress, reportedly modeled on Cameron Diaz do fine work; but this show belongs to its two stars. It's extremely rare for such a modest film to be so affecting, but Lost in Translation has beaten the odds, proving yet again that a movie doesn't need lavish special effects, big-name stars, or elaborate action scenes to etch itself forever in your memory.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is a low-key but emotionally penetrating story that contains a multitude of feelings. Simultaneously delicate and assured, the film is about two people who find each other at the right time in their lives. Scarlett Johansson's confused and lonely Charlotte is smart enough to know that her marriage may be a mistake, but she is not emotionally equipped to know how to handle the problem. Her outstanding performance balances sadness, intelligence, vulnerability, and self-possession. Bill Murray gives the finest performance of his career as the actor who is, thanks to an emotionally stunted marriage and a sell-out career move, suffering from a mid-life crisis. Bob Harris could keep people at a distance with his comedic armor, much like Bill Murray, but he is at a phase in life where he is tired of acting that way. Murray delivers a disciplined, nuanced performance that deserves the highest forms of praise. Coppola herself shows that The Virgin Suicides was not beginner's luck. She frames Japan so that the audience feels how "foreign" it is for her two protagonists, while still showing great respect for the people and the culture even when her characters, in their more selfish moments, do not. With two films to her credit, Sofia Coppola has proven herself to be a master of tone and indirect characterization. The natures of the people in this film are revealed through behavior and through conversations that usually have very little to do with the plot. We get a glimpse of the depth of Charlotte's unhappiness in a phone call to a friend, and Bob's karaoke performance reveals his contained emotions for this young woman who has touched him in ways he believed were untouchable. Lost in Translation is a beautiful film. It is beautifully shot, but most importantly what passes between Bob and Charlotte is beautiful. Their time together will stay with each of them, and the viewer, for a very long time.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
What's astonishing about Sofia Coppola's enthralling new movie is the precision, maturity, and originality with which the confident young writer-director communicates so clearly in a cinematic language all her own.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
Here he (Murray) supplies the kind of performance that seems so fully realized and effortless that it can easily be mistaken for not acting at all.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

I loved this movie. I loved the way Coppola and her actors negotiated the hazards of romance and comedy, taking what little they needed and depending for the rest on the truth of the characters.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
The fact that this kind of serious material ends up playing puckishly funny as well as poignant is a tribute both to Coppola and to her do-or-die decision to cast Murray in the lead role.
New York Post - Lou Lumenick
It's impossible to conceive of this ruefully funny entertainment without Bill Murray, who is nothing less than brilliant.

What's astonishing about Sofia Coppola's enthralling new movie is the precision, maturity, and originality with which the confident young writer-director communicates so clearly in a cinematic language all her own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • UPC: 025192395727
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Focus Features
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,717

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Bob Harris
Scarlett Johansson Charlotte
Giovanni Ribisi John
Anna Faris Kelly
Fumihiro Hayashi Charlie
Catherine Lambert Jazz Singer
Technical Credits
Sofia Coppola Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Lance Acord Cinematographer
Air Score Composer
KK Barrett Production Designer
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Sarah Flack Editor
Mitch Glazer Associate Producer
Ross Katz Producer
Takahide Kawakami Asst. Director
Ryoichi Kondo Casting
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Towako Kuwajima Set Decoration/Design
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Score Composer
Tomomi Nishio Set Decoration/Design
Brian Reitzell Score Composer
Fred Roos Executive Producer
Anne Ross Production Designer
Stephen Schible Co-producer
Kevin Shields Score Composer
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
William Storkson Score Composer
Mayumi Tomita Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:08]
2. Welcome to Tokyo [4:57]
3. Charlotte Can't Sleep [2:23]
4. Suntory Time [3:28]
5. Charlotte Wanders [4:05]
6. Premium Fantasy [3:56]
7. The Photo Shoot [6:13]
8. Kelly! [4:28]
9. Jet Lag [5:54]
10. Drinks with Kelly [4:48]
11. Night Out with Charlie [6:55]
12. Karaoke Time [6:56]
13. Calling Home [2:10]
14. Black Toe [1:04]
15. At the Hospital [1:16]
16. Are You Awake? [6:01]
17. Kyoto [7:29]
18. Matthew's Best Hit TV [4:09]
19. The Jazz Singer [4:34]
20. The Worse Lunch [2:12]
21. Fire Alarm [1:33]
22. So This Is Goodbye [3:13]
23. Hey, You! [2:52]
24. End Titles [3:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      "Lost" on Location
      Matthew's Best Hit TV
      Kevin Shields' "City Girl" Music Video
      Deleted Scenes
         More Aqua Aerobics
         Charlotte with Robots
         Kelly's Press Conference
         Morning After Karaoke
         Bob in Hospital Waiting Room
         Play All
      A Conversation with Bill Murray and Sophia Coppola
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      English 5.1 DTS
      Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Lost In Translation

    This is a very realistic view of our lives--whether celebrity or not. It depicts two characters lost in time (and in translation)who find themselves lost in a cultural divide both in Japan, and in life in general. It gives an interesting glimpse into the different customs and practices found in a foreign country that can be lost to tourists less travelled. As the two main characters portrayed by Bill Murray and
    Scarlett Johansson bumble through the unfamiliar customs of a foreign country, they discover that their own lives have become very foreign to them. They are both stuck in marriages that have become stale and meaningless, yet both seem to stay in them because it appears easier to stay than it is to leave. At the very end, Bill Murray's character has to say goodbye to the female lead played by Johansson--and as he does so, he very quietly, almost audibly, whispers something into her ear which brings a smile of hope to both of their faces. Was it the promise of a future? or merely words of comfort for the moment? You will have to purchase the video and find out!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't miss this!

    Very entertaining film with Bill Murray at the top of his game and Scarlett Johansson...well..looking like Scarlett Johnansson. Well-directed, beautifully shot, don't miss this one.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best

    Lost in Translation is my all time favorite film. It took me two watches to realize this. The first time, I simply shrugged it off and ignored its beautiful simplicity. The second time, I gained a newfound appreciation for its simple "slice of life" storyline and relate-able characters. Great soundtrack too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Bill Murrays best

    We have all had times when life isn’t what you expected it to be. We have looked at our lives and wondered, “Where exactly are we going”? Lost in Translation is a movie that shows we are not the only ones who are sometimes lost. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are amazing together. They hold this chemistry that I haven’t seen between two actors in a long time. Lost in Translation, staring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, is about two people that find a glimpse of happiness in a unique culture, Tokyo. Bob "Murray" is a well known actor shooting commercials in Tokyo. Charlotte "Johansson" is in Tokyo with her husband, a well known photographer. Both characters are unhappily married and experiencing somewhat of a midlife crisis. Not being able to talk to anyone around them due to language barriers, they stick out like sore thumbs. Strangely drawn to each other, despite age difference and never meeting, they become friends. The two find a glimpse of fun in each other and see what life should be like. They attach to each other like two school kids. She gives him the feeling of being young again and he gives her stability and hope for the future. Their relationship develops throughout the movie and ends with a surprising and emotional twist. This movie is a light drama but Bill Murray puts a perfect amount of comedy in to it. I feel that this movie didn’t get the attention that is disserved. I loved it and get more out of it every time I watch it. The movie can be a little slow at times but that just gives you time to look at this beautiful culture that they are embracing. I have seen all of Murray’s movies and I think that this movie is one of his best. If you enjoy a movie with great characters, culture, and purity, you’ll enjoy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Disappointing!

    I was really disappointed in this movie. I am not a big fan of either two main actors, but I wanted to see how Sofia would do on directing this movie. I must say that I am very...unimpressed. I liked The Virgin Sucides a lot, but I felt that this one wasn't that great as everyone says it was. I think that she did a good job in writing the story, but the execution of it was boring. I almost fell asleep nearly a dozen times during the movie! I think she did a great job in writing, and that she deserved her oscar for that, but other wise, I feel that it was extremely boring on screen. I don't think that this movie deserved all of the rave reviews that it got, nor do I think so about her new movie Marie Antionette. Either way, if you are interested in seeing a movie by Sofia Coppola, you might as well stick with The Virgin Sucides. Other wise, don't waste your time or money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A realistic portrait of modern life

    I saw this movie not too long ago, and I was just blown away. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are absolutely remarkable, and they portray their characters with such in-depth emotion. The supporting cast is top-notch as well, but it's Bill and Scarlett that make this film, and their characters their own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Found in Translation

    This movie was beautiful. Bill Murray was at his self-deprecating, yet humorous, best. I will say that it's one of those movies that deserves to be viewed more than once (ahem, all you guys who gave it one measley star). The vivid colors and etheral music are as equally important to the atmosphere of the film as the actors are--they give you a sense of emotion, a sense of place. The ending should not be criticized...unless you're the type of person who NEEDS a blatant resolution. This is one of my favorite movies, and I know it has the potential to be that to others, too, if they give it a second chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So real

    This is a real story from real life .. that might hapen with any of us, it's more than beautiful .. it's a great great movie about friendship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A movie that stays with you

    When this movie ended, I had an ache in my gut that wouldn't go away. Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson should all be congratulated for the success of this subtly written and photographed story. How young director Coppola is able to capture the disconnected sensation of the male midlife crisis is beyond me, but she definitely knows Bob Harris' needs and desires. As for Murray and Johansson, their performances are wonderfully human and touching. If I ever met someone like Charlotte (Johansson), I'd fall for her like hail. Too bad there aren't more movies like this that doesn't rely on exploding cars and bathroom humor to be affecting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UUUUHHH

    As I watched this movie, I waited patiently for something, anything remotely interesting to happen. Then it came. THE END. I was so relieved. This movie makes you want to crawl into a cave and fall asleep for the next 20 years. This movie is lame. Don't waste $1 or 1 minute on this contemporary loveless movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Utterly Disappointing

    With all the rave reviews, we expected a lot out of this movie - many laughs, some actual relationship building between the main characters, 'hilarious' interactions that can be found only by trying to communicate in a foreign country/culture when you can not speak the language. I like Bill Murray, and he can be very funny, but this film does not utilize his talent well at all. We waited about 1/2 hour into the film before we figured out what was happening, and then for the next hour and a half or so were wondering where the movie was going, not even laughing or hardly smiling. Very unimpressive. This film is hardly a comedy; I would call it a tragedy - the chronicle of a man's empty life accentuated by a short stay in Tokyo during which he learns nothing, communicates poorly, and changes not at all. Scarlett's character as well seems not to change, except that she grows fond of Murray's character. Has her life changed? The producer does not allow us to find out. I would say it is not worth the time required to sit through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Great Real People

    This great film by Sofia Coppola takes the time to develope it's characters and is extremely rewarding for those that stay with it. This is no slam bang mtv style-over-substance flick with edit cuts every 20 seconds for people with no attention span. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson deliver pitch perfect performances. And the Tokyo backdrop is all neon, modern, cold, beautiful, strange, removed, familiar and foreign all at the same time. The ending is very moving....as few films are....except for the great ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent!!

    I loved everything about this movie. Tokyo was captured wonderfully. The characters fully developed through their actions. The soundtrack. Even the Karioke scene was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic movie!

    This movie is great! It is no wonder that Sofia received Oscar's for the script. Actors display their individuality not only naturally but also strongly. The characters' feelings of being 'lost' aboroad and the way they share their feelings are so vividly descripted. Also, the movie accurately shows a temporal atomosphere of Tokyo life from a very unique point of view. Look and see what is happening in the REAL Tokyo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tokyo Captured Vividly, Nice Chemistry But Falls a Little Short

    The deluxe Park Hyatt Tokyo provides the backdrop for this quirky film about the evolving relationship between Bob Harris, a world-weary movie actor in town to pocket easy money for a Suntory whiskey advertising campaign, and Charlotte, an obviously smart young wife of a thoughtless, ambitious video director. Through happenstance, these two characters come together and over the course of the film, discover they are soulmates. This deceptively simple concept has been given a stylized and perceptive treatment by screenwriter and director Sofia Coppola, who has an obvious fondness for her characters and the setting. As a third-generation Japanese-American who has been to Tokyo a few times, I found the film was full of shrewd observations about current Japanese culture - the expansive karaoke hotel suite, the antiseptic strip club, the anal-retentive hospital waiting room, the Day-Glo Japanese talk show with the maniacally congenial host. I doubt if any other stateside filmmaker has captured the blinding lights and claustrophobic hustle of Tokyo better, much less the actual Japanese people in the way Coppola has done here without resorting to stereotypes. The scenes dealing with the communication barriers, while comically effective, actually feel authentic, not condescending. Upon first viewing on its initial release, I thought the film was overrated given its saturated airplay during the entire awards season earlier this year, perhaps as an indie-endorsing affront to the juggernaut that was 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'. Now that a few months have elapsed, I can appreciate the movie more for its vivid sense of imagery and atmosphere, which does go a long way to compensate for the threadbare plot. The excellent soundtrack helps as well. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson perform their roles as Bob and Charlotte in an almost improvisational manner, effortlessly achieving a genuine chemistry. Coppola's focus on Bob still feels a bit lopsided since it ultimately makes Charlotte more cryptic than she needs to be. For all its charms, the film does not take ultimate accountability for the changes that Bob and especially Charlotte go through, which is why I think the film falls somewhat short for me. Though the much-talked about ending is lovely and seems to signal a reunion in the future, one still gets the sense that the episode was nothing more than a warm, dream-like episode in their lives. I guess I expected to see more honest character development for all the praise heaped on this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SUPERB!!

    See it twice before forming an opinion. Beautiful movie about a couple of real people in a surreal place. Can't stop watching it. One of the 5 best of 2003.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice for a 30 minute short...but a bore at 1:40!

    I enjoy the offbeat, interesting and non-mainstream but sorry...this movie is just a bore from beginning to end. There's one central 'joke' which wears thin after 5 minutes (Bill and Scarlett are the recipients of a constant barrage of Japanese which, of course, they don't understand and so simply mimic back as best they can in an effort to communicate...such scenes go on forever and made me yell 'All right...I GOT IT!') There's about 10 minutes of plot (will Bill and Scarlett make a love connection?) 40 minutes of Bill looking bored and/or confused, and an hour of pulsating Japanese night life. What a disappointment, especially after the way this film was hyped. The Coppola name must make critics lose their common sense, reminiscent of 'The Emperor's New Clothes.' This was at best a 30 minute short dragged out into nearly 2 hours. If you've got absolutely nothing better to do and can get this movie free at the library, then go for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than I expected

    So simple and universal a theme. I can understand and appreciate how some wouldn't like this film because not a whole lot happens. I can see how it's a love-it or hate-it kind of thing. I fall into the loved-it camp, but then I have felt numbed by my own circumstance and then proceeded to physically remove myself from it. In doing so I recognize and appreciate the surreal dislocated state this can put one in and that is captured so brilliantly here. It is a fine line between being as lost as you have ever been in a foreign land and almost finding yourself because of it, but maybe falling a bit short. It is loneliness that is so deep it aches, but it ultimately leaves you open to doing things or letting someone in that at another time in a different place you never would. It is vulnerable and pure in it's vacuum-like state and that is the beauty of the film. I have never seen true loneliness captured so perfectly. And the surreal over the top striking beauty of Tokyo provides the perfect contrast for the understated emotion of the lost souls. The chemistry between the actors is palapable and that it's never consecrated makes it that much more real. Maybe it's slow to some, but sometimes, one moment in time is so significant that, while fleeting, it seems to move in slow motion. And when it does, we best keep our eyes open and savor it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DISAPPOINTING....

    I was so ready to love this film after all the good reviews it's had, but I have to say, I was extremely disappointed w/this movie! It was extremely slow moving and I was not impressed w/Sophia Coppola's directing at all. It was also very annoying in parts( that game show host got on my nerves big time!). However, even w/ all of that, I have to say that the acting was superb! Both leads were fantastic..(I loved the bed scene when she was telling him she feels stuck!) In fact, I thought that Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray should have had more scenes together; they didnt even meet until a 1/2 hour into the movie! The ending was also great...very emotional, and I loved how they didnt let us know what he was whispering to her. It makes us wander what the last thing he said to her was. So on the whole the movie was boring, but the scenes between the 2 leads were excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Overrated...Glory smacks of Nepotism

    I enjoyed Bill Murray's performance as Bob, and Scarlett Johanssen was oddly charming as Charlotte in her own quirky way. I even defended this movie from my parents, who thought it absolutely boring and pointless. It is an OK movie, but I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about. I was quite disappointed. In a few years, Lost in Translation will become merely another fish in the ocean of good and mediocre films.

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