All Iranian films I've seen.
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…
It seems more likely that they're actually married but I prefer the idea that this is an absurdist homage to Albee.
Το "Certified Copy" ξεκινα σαν μια πολυγλωσση εκδοχη των ταινιων της τριλογιας "Before...", Το "Certified Copy" ξεκινα σαν μια εκδοχη των "Before..." ταινιων, ως μια συζητηση για την αυθεντικοτητα στην τεχνη. Στην πορεια ομως η αντιληψη μας για τη σχεση των δυο ανθρωπων (και για την ιδια τη φυση της τεχνης) αλλαζει, και η ταινια γινεται κατι πολυ πιο συνθετο και απροσμενα στοχαστικο.
Οπως σε καθε σπουδαιο εργο τεχνης, δινονται αρκετες contextual λεπτομερειες ωστε ο θεατης να σχηματισει τη δικη του ερμηνεια. Και σιγουρα απαιτειται πανω απο μια προβολη για να γινει αυτο.
Narrativa fascinante. Diálogos maravilhosos. Roteiro e direção impecáveis e outra atuação fantástica da linda Juliette Binoche.
felt like I was watching juliette binoche on an interminable date with alain de botton. I could happily watch juliette binoche do almost anything but this was pushing it.
15 años, Polimnia y Toscana
A film that is not what it seems. It surprises you, it punches you in the face and it makes you cry. It makes you think what is true and what is not. I still have no idea. Watch this film. Also, I am not religious but Juliette Binoche must be an angel.
This film is way too deep to write a in depth review after only one viewing but I will say wow. This is a MUST WATCH!
A difficult film. I realized I was watching something different. A movie that might reveal itself after several viewings (that I don't necessarily want). But Kiarostami certainly has a unique vision and one that I'm always willing to try.
Which is the original, and which is the copy? I honestly don't know, but I suppose it doesn't matter.
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