Like Someone In Love

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Fresh from the triumph of his Tuscany-set Certified Copy (NYFF 2010), master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami travels even further afield from his native Iran for this mysteriously beautiful romantic drama filmed entirely in Japan. Like Someone in Love revolves around the brief encounter between an elderly professor (the wonderful 81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno, here playing his first leading role in a film) and a sociology student (Rin Takanashi) who moonlights as a high-end escort. Dispatched to the old man by her boss—one of the professor’s former students—the young woman finds her latest client less interested in sex than in cooking her soup, talking, and playing old Ella Fitzgerald records (like the one that gives the film its allusive title). Eventually, night gives way to day and a tense standoff with the student’s insanely jealous boyfriend (Ryō Kase); but as usual in Kiarostami, nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Are these characters—who conjure in one another the specters of regret and roads not taken—meeting by chance, or is it fate? Is this love, or merely something like it?

Acclaim

"EXQUISITELY MADE. An enchanting game of misfired passions and mistaken identities."
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
"A WONDROUS FILM. Surpasses even the visual enticements of his previous feature, 'Certified Copy'."
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"A TANTALIZING MYSTERY Leaves you contemplating its significance long after it ends."
Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"A film of intense visual beauty. Its cinematography embodies the ambiguities in the story of an encounter between an elderly professor and a student moonlighting as a call girl."
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"AN ELEGANT RIDDLE OF WILLFUL MISTAKEN IDENTITY."
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"GORGEOUS, DEEPLY MYSTERIOUS AND UNSETTLING. Kiarostami's mastery is on immediate display. A bewitching and intriguingly ambiguous exploration of the roles we play with one another, and how nothing is ever quite what it appears to be. Kiarostami casts a spell that deeply resonates with one long after the film is over."
Christopher Bourne, Twitch Film
"An elegant, wholly original brainteaser certain to inspire debate."
Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"Very tricky; very engaging."
Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"An intoxicating series of sleights-of-hand. Kiarostami masterfully plays with expectation; clichés are upended in both character arcs and manipulation of visual perspective. The result is a film that riffs beautifully on the jazz standard that gives it its title."
Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly

Awards

In Competition
Cannes Film Festival 2012
Official Selection
Toronto International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection
New York Film Festival 2012
Official Selection
AFI Fest 2012
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Like Someone In Love
JP | 2013 | U | 109 min
Feb 15, 2013

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