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Lost in Translation (2003)
Ever lived in a hotel in a foreign country?
I thought his movie was well done. My husband had to live in Moscow, Russia, in a hotel room on and off for three years. I visited him several times. We both thought the writer nailed the weirdness of being in a huge, amazing foreign city, time changes, insomnia, and being unable (not unwilling, we both took lessons) to speak the language.
I wandered around Moscow, (while my hubby was at work) rode the subways, visited places I never thought I'd go, (I walked INTO St. Basil's Cathedral!!!) but always felt like a ghost because I couldn't communicate in Russian. The scene where Scarlett Johansson's character went to that amazing temple and just kind of walked around REALLY hit home with me.
So, aside from everything else, Coppola did a superb job of capturing the weird, ex-pat lifestyle. Bravo!
Leoni character underdeveloped
I didn't care for Tea Leoni's character, however, I thought it was unfortunate that the writer/director decided to portray her as so one-dimensional. A person doesn't spontaneously become psychotic, mean, and self-centered. At SOME point she was great enough for Adam Sandler's character to fall in love with, marry and have children with. There was a slight mention of a job downsizing (which reeks havoc on self-esteem) but that's it.
It's funny because I saw this movie last Thursday and saw the trailer for it today at another theater. This trailer was centered around Tea Leoni's character - it was as if "Flor" was an afterthought. This wasn't true at all in the movie! I always hope for more character development I guess.