Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lost and Found

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.

Lost in Translation

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.

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Images and text inspiration from here, here and here.

Lost in Translation

Today's Soundtrack:
Just Like Honey - Jesus and Mary Chain

Lost in Translation

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.

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27 comments:

MrJeffery said...

I love it too. I hope Sophia comes up with another great film. Her visuals are always interesting.

Down and Out Chic said...

this is definitely a great movie. i can count how many times i've seen it.

jeannie said...

I was actually just talking about this movie last week!

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Brunch at Saks said...

This is such a good movie! I love it as well!

MJ said...

One of my very favorites too - and for exactly the reasons you've described! I think he says, "I'll see you again" at the end. ;)

mommywonderland said...

I love Scarlett...she is just too sexy for her own good!!

...love Maegan said...

god I love that movie. just love it. ...I mean, I love anything Bill Murray does but this was stand-out.

melissa said...

this is a great post, the movie is magic indeed and I love watching movies and seeing the images inside them

montague said...

one of my favorites too... and i love the stills...

Nubiasnonsense said...

Awesome post, This is such a great film seriously one of my favs. These are great stills you have here, Scarlett has such a natural beauty in this film its enticing

Hanako66 said...

it is such an amazing film...you've given me the bug to watch it again this weekend!

my so called fab kelly said...

M! i loved this film too. uhmazing. thanks for bringing this up..im gonna go dvd this movie tonight!

Keith said...

I love this film. Haven't seen it in awhile though. Might need to try to catch it again. Great shots from it.

Savvy Gal said...

it is a great movie. i definitely agree with you on the in-law issues. : ) xoxo

drollgirl said...

the film is beautiful. i wasn't so fond of the acting or the script, or the relationship, but the look of it was phenomenal! and that weird feeling of displacement that i get when traveling was also described very well in the film.

Chessa! said...

I'm so happy that so many people love this film as much as I do...
definitely revisit it!

Couture Carrie said...

Fantastic post, darling!
I love this film!

xoxox,
CC

bananas. said...

sophia coppola is amazing. i love her work and all her movies. i think i was the only one out of my friends that liked it.

Elizabeth Marie said...

Sophia is one of my heroes. I need to watch this movie this weekend!

Sharon Mayhew said...

I can' believe there is a Bill Murray film I haven't seen. I guess I'll be stopping by the video store tomorrow.

Kristin said...

I've never seen it. That's terrible. Of course, I'm not the biggest Scarlett fan in the world.

Giulia said...

Thanks for this post, I absolutely love the photography of this film! It really inspired me when I was in Tokyo, especially the photo of Scarlet with the transparent umbrella! I also visited the lounge bar of the Park Hyatt hotel, where the film was shot, which is something I highly recommend if you ever visit Tokyo!

Vanessa said...

One of my 5 Desert Island films, for sure. Sofia is my hero.

Damien Franco said...

One of the best films in a really really really long time.

You're right to point out the cinematography of the film. Simply exquisite.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Hi Monica, just catching up with my blog buddies. You're totally right, I love the layers in this movie and the simplicity. Sofia totally rocked it with this movie.

jen laceda said...

I loved this movie as well. I should revisit it some time.