We went to our local library a short while ago to pick up The Talented Mr.Ripley.
The libray didn’t have the DVD (they had only the VHS cassette) and being the greedy desis that we are, we didn’t want to return empty-handed.
So, we picked up two other DVDs – Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson) and Deepa Mehta’s The Republic of Love.
Since Lost in Translation had a better reception, we are watching that first. Apparently, the movie was shot on location, in Tokyo.
We will update this post after finishing Lost in Translation.
Update (after watching the film):
Scarlett Johansson, where were you all our life? We want to know.
Seriously, it’s Bill Murray who is the star of the movie. A superb actor, he makes it all seem so effortless. So natural.
The well-endowed Scarlett Johansson is alright but no patch on Bill Murray.
Set in Tokyo, Lost in Translation focuses on an aging movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) in Tokyo for a whisky commercial and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), wife of a photographer on an assignment.
Bob and Charlotte are both in a sense adrift in life, feeling lonely. Charlotte has doubts about her marriage, is not doing anything in particular andÂ not even sure what to do; As for Bob, the fizz seems to have gone out of his marriage to Lydia. It seems like the kids are the only glue holding together the marriage.
After finding sleep elusive, one night both Bob and Charlotte head down to the bar of the hotel they are staying in where they bump into each other.
With Charlotte’s husband away on a photo-shoot and Bob stuck there for an interview with a talk-show host, the two become friends and spend time together.
You do expect something dramatic to happen since we have two souls who appear distant from their respective spouses.
Although nothing dramatic happens, we didn’t feel disappointed with the movie (hey, nothing dramatic happens to 99.9% of humanity).
The acting is fine, the screenplay is good and the photography decent.
Nominated for multiple Oscars,Â Lost in TranslationÂ won for Best Original Screenplay.
Some may quibble with the vague ending, particularlyÂ since you can’t even hear what Bill Murray whispers into Scarlett Johansson’s ears at the endÂ (there’s considerable speculation on this subject including digital audio enhancements).