Lost in Translation [***] 2004

In Lost in Translation a fading movie star (endorsing a
whiskey) meets a 22yr old Yalie (who followed her photographer husband to a
photo shoot) in a Tokyo hotel. They are lost. Lost in the language, in their
marriages and in themselves.

Lost in Translation
2004 – English – R – Lost in Translation [ Netflix

Like a good foreign film the cinematography gives surprising
aspects of life in 24/7 Tokyo; but then falls flat. Many describe this movie as
funny, but I was lost in translation. The movie grows but is hollow. The humor
is dry and it’s depressed characters leave you feeling empty. I had expected
something more from this film nominated for several academy awards. It’s
strength was it’s novelty at not being the usual Hollywood genre.

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