Lost in Translation

The narrator of a film criticism episode on Sofia Coppola's bittersweet Lost In Translation asks viewers to consider the many aspects of relationships that Coppola suggests are lost in translation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have viewers offer what they believe were Bob's last words to Charlotte and explain their rationale for their choice
  • Have groups investigate historic incidents or other films where translation mixups resulted in misunderstandings and even tragedies (The Gulf of Tonken, The Ballad of Georgio Cortez, etc.)
Classroom Considerations

  • The film has an "R" rating; check your school's policy before assigning the film for in or out-of-class viewing
Pros

  • As part of his analysis, the narrator examines the interpretations of other film critics
Cons

  • None
Common Core