Wednesday 26th January 2022

Lost In Translation (15)
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Bill Murray: A giant among men
Bill Murray: A giant among men

As the award season rapidly approaches its climax for another year, you probably don't need me to tell you that one of this year's big winners is Lost In Translation. Although it was actually released in the UK in January, more mainstream films such as The Return Of The King, The Last Samurai and Cold Mountain have kept this masterpiece off our screens in many areas.

Written and directed by Sofia "daughter of Francis Ford" Coppola, this story is a simple tale of two Americans in Tokyo, both of whom are less than happy with the way their lives are going. The hilarious Bill Murray plays an American movie star who is in town to film a whiskey advert for two million dollars and to escape his wife and children for a week. It is while he is sampling the whiskey in the hotel bar that he meets his soul mate, the wonderfully talented Scarlett Johansson, whose character is equally listless. The pair spend an amazing week in Tokyo as they find out as much about each other as they do about themselves.

I only wish I could do the elegance and grace of this film justice here, but as I can't I'll instead urge you to go and see Lost In Translation. The performances from Murray and Johansson are outstanding and with Best Actor and Best Actress BAFTA's under their belts, you don't just have to take my word for it!

This film is beautiful, funny, an absolute pleasure to watch and without doubt the best film I've seen this year – so go and watch it before it gets replaced by Sex Lives Of The Potato Men or something equally crude...

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Length: 102 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 9th January 2004

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