Lost in Translation

I have trouble with favorites.  I’ve never really had a favorite color, though for a while I said it was orange because that’s my dad’s favorite color, and now I say it’s blue.  I don’t have a favorite book, though Mrs. Dalloway is the first book that made me think, “Literature can be like this?” with awed delight; Little Women is the most nostalgic; and Eleanor and Park is practically perfect in every way.  It’s like picking a favorite child (which I was, by the way.  Ask Mom, Amy).

But my favorite movie?  It’s this:




Have you seen Lost in Translation?

It’s a quiet movie.  There’s little dialogue, and little ‘happens’ plot-wise.  Even the nature of the main characters’ relationship is ambiguous; Bill Murray famously whispers something into Scarlett Johansson’s ear at the end of the movie, and only they know what he said (which bothers the Internet, of course).

Because of its subtlety, it’s difficult to categorize Lost in Translation.  It’s about loneliness, and being stuck, and kindred spirits, and it’s about Tokyo.

I think the fact that I can hardly tell you what it’s about is what I like about Lost in Translation.

Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I’m looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?

I’m in. I’ll go pack my stuff.

I hope that you’ve had enough to drink. It’s going to take courage.


What’s your favorite movie?  What do you like about it?

7 responses

  1. I adore Bill Murray and I agree, Lost in Translation is wonderful.
    My favorite is White Christmas. For Bing Crosby, for the music, for the plot where everyone falls in love, for the idea that the greatest gift you can give a person is letting them know how important they are to you.
    But a close second is a Bill Murray favorite, What About Bob.

    • I’ve never seen White Christmas! I guess it was never part of my family’s repertoire, so I just missed it. Your recommendation makes me want to seek it out immediately!

  2. I’ve never seen Lost in Translation, but am definitely adding it to the list! My favorite movie is Midnight in Paris. It’s the perfect blend of art, culture, and nostalgia. And, of course, it takes place in Paris. The first time I saw it, I was practically rolling around the floor in English major glee.

    • If I remember right, you were the one who first told me to watch Midnight in Paris! I love it too-especially F. Scott, of course.

  3. I actually find Lost in Translation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to be equally enchanting. My two special favorites. They are different, yet have a similar vibe.

    (I randomly bumped into your site looking for pictures, but just had to stop and mention that I like you for liking this movie :D)

    • Thanks for stopping by! I like Eternal Sunshine too, and now that I think about it, just like Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray are a very strange actor pairing, so are Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey. Both pairs work, somehow.

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