I remember watching Lost in Translation when I was either 9 or 10 and it moved me in such a way even though I was perhaps a little too young to understand the complexity of emotions that the characters have throughout the film. Nonetheless, I have since watched this film so many times that I have lost count of how many times I have actually watched it, and perhaps why I have watched Lost in Translation so many times is that it strangely makes me happy even though it is quite a melancholy film about two lost souls isolated and alone in a country so different to their own.
Ever since watching Lost in Translation I have had a fascination with Japan and the countries vivid culture and history. It’s a country that dances between tradition and innovation which is beautifully presented in the film with the contrast of the vibrant hustle and bustle of Tokyo and the tranquillity of the Buddhist temples in Kyoto. Japan is somewhere that I will visit in the near future and I can’t wait to see all that the country has to offer, however, part of me feels like I will never get to see enough of the country because there is just too much to explore. Only time will tell.
I would have to say that Lost in Translation may just be Sophia Coppola’s greatest achievement as a filmmaker, granted her other films are good but I just don’t feel that they reach the emotional depth of Lost in Translation.
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