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Lost in Translation

Posted in Review on June 19, 2009 by sly882

Bob and Charlotte are two flawed and damaged people. They need each other, and they just so happen to be in the same place at the same time, and carry the same baggage. They just don’t know it yet.

Bob is lost, both metaphorically and literally. He is overwhelmed by where he is in his life and the situations he gets himself into. The beautiful Tokyo skyline surrounds him, millions of fans acknowledge him as a star; he’s famous, the “Johnny Carson” of Japan, but Bob couldn’t care less. He’s having his “mid life crisis” in the wrong place at the wrong time. Without the comfort of his wife, his home, and someone who can speak English, he is struck with extreme culture shock and a mild case of jet lag. His days are filled with cumbersome photo shoots and frustrating whiskey commercials, only exacerbated by the fact that he has to struggle with everything people say to him getting lost in translation. He is miserable, and just looking for someone to relate to.

Charlotte is just like Bob. She’s married to a successful photographer, and graduated from Yale with a degree in philosophy. But she too is lonely. Her husband is always out working, and she spends her days either looking for something to do or just looking out the window at the city below. She fears she might have married the wrong person, and isn’t content with how her life has unfolded. Her feeble attempts of sightseeing downtown Tokyo can’t fill the void of loneliness and boredom she has within her. As a failed writer, she often contemplates who she is and what she wants. Her days are plagued with ennui and insomnia, and longs for someone to share her pain.

Both Bob and Charlotte are alienated in an exotic place unfamiliar to them. They try to overcome the differences in cultures, but end up being alone and homesick. The hotel they both stay in has all of the luxuries and technologies of the future, the city around them is alive and vibrant, and it seems everyone is enjoying life without them. They try using alcohol, television, CDs, and phone calls from home to cope with the problem, but to no avail. It’s not until they meet do they realize what they have been missing all along. Their close friendship is really the only thing they need, and together they explore the boundaries of companionship and wrestle with the fact that they are in the ultimate catch 22, they are never going to see each other again.

Yet Bob and Charlotte know, more than anything else in the world, that they love each other. But on paper, they shouldn’t be together: they’ve been together for only a week, they’re several decades apart in age, they’re both married to other people, and they have separate lives outside of their relationship. But to them, these are minor quibbles in what is otherwise the most fulfilling and meaningful (not to mention the most unusual) friendship they have ever known. What’s even more surprising is that during the film, when they first meet, Bob and Charlotte never introduce themselves to each other. They simply try to share their brief time together, and come to find they share more in common with each other than their own spouses. What was a coincidental meeting in a hotel blossomed into something more and sparked new life in Bob and Charlotte. They understand that nothing lasts forever, but they can go on knowing there is someone else on this earth that is exactly like them.


Now, it’s the Blog of the Bro’s

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2009 by sly882

Hello internet,

It’s sly. And I’m now writing for this website. If you don’t know me (which you probably don’t), I like movies. Shocking, I know. I also like telling people I know to go rent Memento. Look out for my reviews every now and then. Hopefully you like them. If not, fuck you.