Bob Harris gets ready to leave Japan and initially bids goodbye to Charlotte near the elevator in the hotel. He sees her again on the way and they share a kiss and he whispers something in her ear to which Charlotte acknowledges. I cannot wrap my head around the significance of that scene, what does it mean?

Anyone explanation would be greatly helpful.

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    I think you're right about the decision on not including subtitles. The characters' feelings of alienation is a central theme. Jan 26, 2013 at 19:46
  • You had two completely seperate questions in this question. I've edited out the second one. Please post it as a seperate question.
    – DForck42
    Jan 28, 2013 at 22:21

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Roger Ebert made the following two comments. This is from his original review:

I loved the moment near the end when Bob runs after Charlotte and says something in her ear, and we're not allowed to hear it. We shouldn't be allowed to hear it. It's between them, and by this point in the movie, they've become real enough to deserve their privacy.

This is from his second review, when he included Lost in Translation in his list of "great movies":

We get all we need in simply knowing they share a moment private to them, and seeing that it contains something true before they part forever.

So the significance is that they get some closure, even if we don't know exactly how.

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