Lost in Translation (2003, USA) C-102m. *** D: Sofia Coppola. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Akiko Takeshita, Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe, Kazuko Shibata, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris. Acclaimed drama with an Oscar-winning script about two Americans in Japan, whose paths cross during their stay. Murray is a bored movie star on a tour in Japan filming a commercial and appearing in various TV shows. Johansson, who's come to Tokyo with her photographer-husband Ribisi, is bored, and much like Murray feels alienated from her surroundings. During the movie they meet and spend a few days together. Old-fashioned character drama, well-acted, with a nicely laconic touch. Close to the work of Jim Jarmusch. Written by the director, executive produced by her father, Francis Ford Coppola.

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