In researching my current script, I recently revisited Sofia Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003). There are so many amazing moments in the film it's hard to choose just one.
This was probably my 5th or 6th time seeing the film. And I was watching it particularly for the karaoke scene this time. There's just so much going on in this sequence, which finds itself smack dab in the middle of the running time.
It's a major turning point for the characters. And it's all done without saying a word.
Rather, they're singing karaoke. Simply looking at each other.
And it says so much.
There are 2 particular moments where I find brilliant.
1) (00:35 click to view) Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) singing The Predenders 'Brass in Pocket (I'm Special)' -- first off it's the perfect song choice as it allows Bob (Bill Murray) to perform the chorus, echoing "special..." as he looks at her. And look how he does it. It's hilarious and honest.
2) (01:34 click to view) The look that Charlotte gives Bob, his glance catching her do it...then their emotional exchange all through the eyes. Looking and not looking. We've all been there and the actors perform it so perfectly. (It also doesn't hurt that the song is the gorgeous 'More Than This' by Roxy Music as pwoned by Bill Murray)
It's a perfect moment in a perfect film.
Rather than watch my specific moments I've linked, I hope you watch the entire clip embedded above. Even better, see the entire film (again).