Movies that are slightly off.
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano.
Second viewing confirms this is among the handful of films I'd consider my all-time favorites. Everything I want in a film is here. (Well, I could use a chase scene with a car explosion, I guess.)
What's the movie about? It's about an hour and forty-five minutes.
An hour and forty-five minutes of dizzying, glorious, beautiful starts and stops, ideas and emotions, reality and fiction, truth and lies, beauty and deceit. AK demands our attention, but doesn't mind if we don't watch too closely. (We are She, stumbling in late to a lecture, half-listening, life calling us away, yet not forgetting what was said.)
Officially, my big interpretive stance is that the film defies any single, uniting reading that makes…
This film stunned me... I had no idea how emotionally powerful it would be; it is also either an enigma or a puzzle - in my opinion, most likely the latter. I'm not here to convince you about the "truth" behind this film, because there is no true-truth behind it. I'm not sure that's what Kiarostami intended. Either way, it's one of the most beautiful commentaries on the power of filmmaking and art and imitations of life that I've ever seen.
I was crying throughout the last ten or fifteen minutes over what is, in my opinion, something fake within something fake (their relationship). Often we do shed tears over the "fake": that's just something that we do as movie…
Abbas Kiarostami's filmography is unique - his enigmatic cinema is so powerful and mysterious (offering originality and unpredictability) that you'll never leave his films with a solid notion of what you just watched and the films in question will probably linger long in your memory as watching the complex films from the Iranian master is always a very unique experience. Yet not every viewer will find his films complex or even interesting because it's not the director who is trying to create “complex films” - no, it's the most attentive viewer who will try to find an underlying complexity in Kiarostami's films and try to find subtexts in the smallest details. In fact, I actually thought Certified Copy would be…
If cinema is considered a reflection, then Certified Copy is a heightened version of that opaque vision of ourselves and how we perceive others. Abbas Kiarostami takes conventions of Art-House cinema and shoves those norms right in front of a full-body mirror, forcing genre and normality to confront their own limitations and customs.
However, Certified Copy isn't only a reshuffle; it is also a radical stare into its own mechanisms and inner workings. With an opening shot revealing a book entitled "Certified Copy" resting upright on a desk, Kiarostami immediately visualizes that his heart and his soul lie in the complete deconstruction of originals and copies, and not just the overhaul of previous Art-House structures.
Certified Copy is in…
If there was an argument or discussion to be had with Kiarostami here then it quickly falls into a one-sided conversation, one clear winner triumphing over its opponent. The idea that a replicant sustains as much value as the subject it imitates has already been proven across an immeasurable amount of time, from the instinctive moment our imagination interacted with those around us. But can we watch that obvious transformation take place before our eyes, challenging a perception that asks us to transport ourselves into the unknown?
The opening scene of Certified Copy suggests of level of academia not always present throughout the film. As James offers a short insight into the construction of his recently released novel we cut…
First watch of March around the World: France. An English writer visits an Italian town to promote the translated version of his award-winning book ‘Certified Copy’ on the essence and value of art in relation to reproductions or copies. In the audience we find a woman, paying little attention to what is being said. Later on Elle and James meet and decide to tour the nearby village of Lucignano. There, in a little cafeteria, a scene develops that questions the relationship between these two seemingly unacquainted. The second and third act of Certified Copy basically make the first narratively impossible, but it is this surreal structure that is the film’s greatest strength. What starts off with a question about what…
Perfect script, bold acting. This film is a masterpiece!
Interesting film by Kiarostami. I was pleasantly surprised by the turn it takes about half way. Simple story, well told. Solid performances by both lead actors. Beautifully shot.
Before Sunrise meets high art and philosophy in Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami's critically acclaimed Drama Certified Copy.
It's a film with big ideas that, over the course of its runtime, begins to boil down to something much more simple and more directly insightful than the early pondering of its characters.
The premise of the film - an author of a book about the inherent value of copies in art and our relationship to originality converses with a woman about life and his book's themes over the course of an afternoon when they meet after a talk he gives in Tuscany to celebrate the release - is one that is married to the ideas of the film itself.
The plot is…
Art, copy, life, relationship and time are the main themes of Kiarostami's mind-blowing 'romance' about a couple in search for romance.
Kiarostami directed some of the most original and fascinating films I've ever seen, but maybe none of them is complex as this one.
It starts off with a real history, then when the characters start to know each other more, more and more abstract the film gets, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Does love is everlasting? Can a copy be good as it's original? Those are just some of the questions Kiarostami brings to the screen.
Love may last forever, but does romanticism? No, or at least, "it shows off in different ways".
Does love decreases?…
So simple and yet so incredibly powerful.
After giving a lecture on his new book, "Certified Copy", British author James (William Shimell) offers a potent idea on artistic credibility. He ponders on why a reproduction is not of the same value as an original—but more vitally, how the question of originals and copies are able to be illustrated in further directions.
It's safe to say that Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has stimulated the brain in those directions. Like a more cerebral Journey to Italy, his gorgeously sun-decked Tuscany is reworked as a conversationalist piece as high-strung antique-shop owner Elle (Juliette Binoche) and James tour the countryside, local galleries, cafés and museums.
They talk about art, happiness and the nature of existence. Straightforward, right? Two middle-aged strangers are…
Puzzling. Having now seen two of Kiarostami's films, I know I'm nowhere near to his vibe yet. This is definitely a film that screams "watch it again!" Its purposely ambiguous nature and shifts in reality within conversations will not appeal to all. Its tone is reminiscent of Linklater's Before Trilogy, especially Before Midnight (which came out years after this).
It's worth seeing without knowing the story beats. Yes, it's a bit of a slow moving art film, but there is a central puzzle that is worth considering at length. It's a conversation movie that should spark plenty of conversations.
The top 100 narrative feature films of this current decade with the highest average ratings.
No miniseries, documentaries, short films,…
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…