Lost in Translation is by far one of my favorite films. There was nothing on the other night and I suggested to my husband that we watch the dvd again. I love how the story just sneaks up on you. It's about barriers of language, age, relationships, culture, and education and the title hints at the theme of barriers, and it obviously serves as a description of the situation at hand—two Americans who only speak English in Tokyo. Writer/director Sofia Coppola is getting at something deeper with the title, though, and it's that somewhere along the way, these two people's dreams have been lost in life's expectations.
There's a dreamlike ambiance to the film. As a photographer I watch it and see a series of exquisite and deeply moving and evocative still images. Lost in Translation is filled with beautiful and emotional imagery. Sophia Coppola and cinematagrapher Lance Acrod, make great use of artistic photography, color, and symbolism to create an aesthetically beautiful movie. During a time when most blockbuster movies rely on computer generated images, Sofia Coppola and Lance Acord prove that you don’t need computers to make a visually stunning movie.
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PS--Of course I've shared all of my favorite portraits from the film but there really are so many beautiful landscape shots of the countryside in Japan and Tokyo. Gorgeous.