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Lost in Translation.

Lost in Translation (American Zoetrope, 2003). Fifty-something actor Bob Harris (Bill Murray), in Tokyo to make whiskey commercials, runs into 20-something Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) in the hotel bar. Neither speaks Japanese, and each is happy to find someone with whom to share and combat the loneliness of being a foreigner.

But Bob and Charlotte's loneliness goes beyond their sometimes comic language barriers. Both can't really communicate with their spouses, and both feel homeless in their own lives.

Sofia Coppola's film doesn't let the two escape into a sexual romance but rather forces them to explore and face their own aloneness. What they do with this new self-understanding remains a mystery. ****
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Title Annotation:McCormick's Quick Takes On Tourist Films
Author:McCormick, Patrick
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2004
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