(“Lost in Translation”) Bill Murray, Scarlette Johanson; 2003
— about “two Americans in Tokyo [experiencing] a unique friendship that helps them to deal with the confusion, loneliness and hilarity caused by cultural and language differences.”
(answer these questions)
1 – what are some of the “non-linguistic [i.e. visual/cultural] cues” early in the film that suggest from the outset that the main characters are lost in a culture and language they cannot possibly understand? How do these issues direct to the context of language philosophy?
2 – what role in the film is played be Bob’s wife, and her communications to him? [H: in what way is she the exemplar of correspendence theory, embedded in a film that deals more with coherence theory? How is she “reality in the background”?
3 – why is the bar in the hotel an important meeting point for the main characters? In what way is it meant to point out the limits of their understanding of the culture in which they find themselves?
4 – why does Charlotte’s visit to the Shinto shrine bother her so?
5 – what (if any) role has the red-headed lounge singer in the plot?
6 – What [in your view] keeps Charlotte and Bill from connecting, almost to the bitter end? What is the problem re: the nature of language that affects them so desperately at the individual [private experience] level?
7 – what do you think Bill whispers in Charlotte’s ear in the last scene? Why would it [whatever it was] allow them both to walk away from each other with a smile?
8 – How might you apply the film to the notion of real life…of your life?