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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…
Now, I know I shouldn't let this out, as I will slide like an avalanche down the waiting list for acceptance into The High Order of Over-Achieving Cinephiles, or "hoax" as they like to refer to themselves as, but here goes nothing: Certified Copy was my introductory film into the talented cinematic world of Abbas Kiarostami.
It definitely didn't disappoint.
Kiarostami lays out a story about the worth, authenticity and beauty of a copy, or fake if you will. Wether that copy be a statue, a painting, a person or maybe a relationship.
Kiarostami's approach to the story is an ingenious one, and you certainly have to keep both eyes peeled open, and your ears perched, as it gets intricate…
The seventh film from Royce's picks for me.
My third Kiarostami film and it becomes easier and easier to see the late, great director's traits, more than anything, as personality conducting the story that unfolds before us. In Certified Copy we get to see, at least from my experience with Kiarostami, the most expansive project the director has embarked upon. A posteriori, the director asks core questions, for example in Close-up he focuses on the meaning of cinema and what it is. Here he extends that principle to the arts, while it's not an entirely original idea, the importance of the question is underlined by the film, and new perspectives is brought to the table. The perspectives is also an…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've heard of Abbas Kiarostami, the legendary director who put Iran's films on the map, but I've yet to see any of his films until this one.
The film is exquisite. Im a sucker for well-composed shots and this film is brimming full of them. Multiple things are often happening in the same frame. But it's not too much because it's never more than two things in one frame. This balance between showing multiple things, perhaps telling two stories, but not overloading the viewer is crucial. Even in Kurosaqa's films where a dozen characters might be in one frame, they usually act as two or, rarely, three groups. You can keep if reactions and feelings since you read multiple at…
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"if we were more tolerant of each others weaknesses, we'd be less alone."
a projection. a perception. a blend of reality and imagination. two in one space, time irrelevance, a Certified Copy. art.
Every other day.
Sort of a modern Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf, only less caustic and profane, and more mysterious.
Muitas semelhanças entre este longa a trilogia do diretor Robert Linklater. Dos extensos diálogos, que é uma característica marcante dos três filmes. Do passeio entre as ruas de uma cidade antiga, cercada de arte e história (Before Sunrise 1995), do lançamento de um livro e do encontro premeditado dos personagens com ponto inicial (Before Sunset, 2004), até da crise de matrimônio (Before Midnight, 2013), que em Certified Copy é fingida, mas que para o telespectador, o efeito final é o mesmo. É notável também até semelhanças físicas e de temperamento entre as duas personagens de Jule Delpy e Juliette Binoche.
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