Lost in Translation Analysis- Interpersonal Communication

1623 Words May 9th, 2013 7 Pages
A reflection on “Lost in Translation” In everyday life, communication is constantly and subconsciously used. The importance of human connection in life is often overlooked. The Film “Lost in Translation” is focused on two main characters: Bob and Charlotte. They are Americans who have come to Tokyo for an extended stay. During each of their trips, the significance of human communication is brought to light. In the first half of the film, the characters do not meet which intensifies the communication concept of Culture Shock. Many forms of intercultural and inter-relational communication are imbedded in the progression of the characters’ experiences with Culture Shock. Beyond simply being in a foreign place, Bob and Charlotte have made …show more content…
The second phase is marked by self-reflection and often depressive behavior. “This sense of being different, isolated, and inadequate seems permanent, together with bewilderment, alienation, depression, and withdrawal. In extreme cases this stage can seem to result in the complete disintegration of personality as the former and now inappropriate identity is discarded and the new identity has not yet been formed.” (Pederson 1995) Many examples of the difficulties in difference of culture are portrayed in, “Lost in Translation.” Once Bob has checked into his hotel room, a Japanese prostitute appears at his door. The woman attempts to communicate her wants to Bob. Bob cannot understand what the Japanese woman wants, and the Japanese woman in turn cannot understand Bob. This language barrier creates bypassing, a pattern of miscommunication that occurs when the speaker and the listener miss each other with their meanings. The Japanese does not understand Bob’s intended use of rejection. As Bob is in the Crisis Stage of culture shock, he displays several symptoms of depression. He is repeatedly seen drinking alone at the bar, and frequently expresses a need to self medicate in the film. He seems to be questioning his ultimate purpose in life. Charlotte is seen crying helplessly over her marriage. Interpersonal conflict is apparent between Charlotte and her new husband, John. John is unaware of his wife and her needs which is producing negative