Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film Lost in Translation and Spike Jonze’s 2013 film Her both dealt with themes of loneliness and isolation in big cities, and how people cope with them. While the film then sees lead characters Bob Harris and Theodore, as well as Lost in Translation‘s Charlotte, deal with their individual cases in different ways, both films still retain a remarkable number of similarities in the way they explore and illustrate how the characters feel.
Vimeo user Jorge Luengo Ruiz has now edited together a video essay showing these similarities. Titled “Lost in Translation//Her: An Unloved Story”, the essay examines how the two films go about portraying the lead characters, eschewing dialogue from either film to focus on the cinematography and performances. Jorge Luengo Ruiz adds this to the video:
Three persons. Two cities. One feeling.
Directed by Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson
DoP: Lance Acord and Hoyte Van Hoytema
The video essay itself can be seen below.