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Murray scores a hit with Lost in Translation at Venice



Story by: Jack Foley

ONE OF the most talked about films of the 60th Venice Film Festival was Bill Murray's Lost In Translation, which marks the latest film from The Virgin Suicides director, Sofia Coppola.

One American critic labelled it 'the best movie I've seen yet' at the event, after it received its premiere in front of an appreciative audience.

A romantic comedy about a failed actor who films a commercial in Tokyo, Lost in Translation finds Murray's character trapped in Tokyo and unable to speak the language.

He gradually forms a relationship with another Westerner, who is staying at his hotel.

The film was written with Murray in mind, according to Coppola, who claimed to have kept sending the actor the pages as she was finishing them, and kept leaving messages until he agreed to meet with her.

His decision to take part was repaid by the director, who helped him to receive 'some of the most satisfying laughs' he had ever got in the movies.

The film also marks the completion of a labour of love for Coppola, who said that she based it on her own experiences in the country.

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