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New York Film Festival 2012: Like Someone in Love
New York Film Festival 2012: Like Someone in Love

Like Someone in Love: New York Film Festival 2012

Abbas Kiarostami’s Italy-set 2010 romance, Certified Copy, was arguably his finest achievement—a warm, witty exploration of art and human...

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Abbas Kiarostami’s Italy-set 2010 romance, Certified Copy, was arguably his finest achievement—a warm, witty exploration of art and human relationships that, like its identity-mutating protagonists, seemed to reinvent itself from moment to moment. His new feature is grimly cold and clinical: It follows three Japanese people—a beleaguered call girl, an elderly professor who has employed her services and the prostitute’s obsessively jealous boyfriend—each of whom hides their inner distress beneath a fragile mask of politesse. There’s a pervasive sense of unease in every masterfully composed frame. But the film’s shock climax is too-rigorously telegraphed, and Kiarostami’s celebrated ambiguity—seen in Taste of Cherry and elsewhere—entirely eludes him.—Keith Uhlich

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