Lost In Translation: 11 Best Quotes

    Sofia Coppola’s second directorial effort, Lost in Translation explores themes of displacement against a vibrant Tokyo setting. Coppola won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). The film stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, who make an unlikely but very watchable couple.

    Charlotte is a newlywed who is accompanying her husband on a work trip. She meets fading movie star Bob Harris in the hotel where she’s staying; he’s in Tokyo to film a commercial for a Japanese whisky. The ambiguity of their relationship between Bob and Charlotte gives the film a very intimate yet removed tone, but the characters both have a charming sense of humor. Here are eleven of the best quotes from Lost in Translation.

    Charlotte: “You’re probably just having a mid-life crisis. Did you buy a Porsche yet?”

    Bob: “The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

    Charlotte: “Does it get easier?”

    Charlotte: “I tried taking pictures, but they were so mediocre. I guess every girl goes through a photography phase. You know, horses … taking pictures of your feet.”

    Bob: “Well … you sleep one-third of your life – that knocks out eight years of marriage … So you’re down to sixteen … you’re just a teenager at marriage; you can drive it but there’s still the occasional accident.”

    Bob: “The most terrifying day of your life is the day the first one is born. Your life as you know it is gone … But they learn how to walk, and they learn how to talk, and you want to be with them. And they turn out to be the most delightful people you will ever meet in your life.”

    Bob: “What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?”

    Bob: “Is that all he said?”

    Charlotte: “I just feel so alone, even when I’m surrounded by other people.”

    Charlotte: “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.”

    Charlotte: “Stay here with me. We’ll start a jazz band.”

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