Lost in Translation

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While i was trying to find something good to watch on TV tonight, a friend of mine recommended Lost in Translation. Let me tell you how glad i am to have watched this movie.

Lost in Translation, directed and written by the talented Sofia Coppola, is a movie drama starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. This masterpiece won 94 awards and got 118 nominations.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

With an unsatisfying home life in spite of his wife Lydia and their kids, a middle-aged American movie star Bob Harris is in Tokyo to film a whiskey ad solely for the Japanese market. 

Staying at the same hotel, he meets a fellow American, twenty-something recent Yale Philosophy graduate Charlotte who stays with her husband John, a photographer on assignment in Japan. As such, she is largely left to her own devices in the city, especially when his job takes him out of Tokyo.

Both Bob and Charlotte are feeling lost by their current situations, which are not helped by the cultural barriers they feel in Tokyo, those cultural barriers extending far beyond just not…

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“Sometimes you have to go halfway around the world to come full circle”

In this particular time of my life, i felt like i needed to watch a movie like this. It resonated so much with how i currently feel. You know, this nagging feeling of being lost ? When you don’t know what you’re supposed to do or who you’re supposed to be ?

Throughout the movie, i kept identifying to both characters in a few aspects of their lives. The lead actors, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, performed flawlessly their roles. Between emotions and laugh, this movie is an emotional ride full of meaning.

Charlotte: I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.

Bob: You’ll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.

The friendship they formed is somehow turning into an emotional bond they can’t allow themselves to have. It’s kinda sad and beautiful at the same time. Between feeling lost and being found, both characters are living a journey full of truths.

I’d recommend it to anyone feeling lost with their lives, going through a rough time or feeling like something is missing. Life always has a purpose. You just have to find yours. It just takes time.

K.

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