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
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
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.