Lost in Her: a Video Homage to the Connections Between Lost in Translation and HER
“Her and Lost In Translation are connected to each other. They’re very much on the same wavelength. They explore a lot of the same ideas. This all makes sense since Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola were married from 1999 to 2003 and had been together for many years before that. Sofia Coppola had already made her big personal statement in regards to love and marriage right when the couple was on the verge of divorce; Her would be Spike Jonze’s answer to those feelings. What makes it even more poignant is that Her never feels resentful or petty. It feels more like a legitimate apology. It’s an acknowledgement that, in the end, some people aren’t meant to be with each other in the long run. Some people do grow apart. Lost in Translation is about a couple on the verge of growing apart, Her is about finally letting go of the person you’ve grown apart with and moving on.” (quote and picture via Scanis)
When Spike Jonze’s HER came out, several people published posted about the parallelism with Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation. The two films, made over a decade apart, seem to respond to one another in poetic and intricate ways, with Scarlett Johansson as the uncanny –and unexpected– link.
Lost In Translation came out in 2003, and Jonze – then married to Coppola- did the film’s making-of. For ten years, Jonze has carried the story in him before finding a way to put it on paper, and when HER came out, it felt both like the continuity to a personal conversation and a film that would last.
We tell stories to express thoughts and emotions that matter to us, but also to try understanding what’s accumulated within us. There is a balance to find between the necessities of building a story following familiar codes that make sense to an anonymous audience, and the need to express what needs to get out.
Both filmmakers reached this balance, creating intimate stories that resonated with many and set themselves apart in the current landscape of films.
With Lost in Her, Tom Kramer builds a fictional bridge between the two stories that lets you decide where fiction and reality merge to create a story:
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