The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.…
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…
A seemingly simple story but complex at its core, this makes for an absolutely brilliant film!
Certified Copy is nothing like I have ever seen before, it is a film spoken in English, Italian and French but directed by an Iranian director. It is also one of the best films I have ever seen.
After seeing the trailer which basically gives nothing away and even promotes it as a fun romance story set in Florence, I wasn’t to eager to see it. But recently I was at the library (where I get most of my dvd’s) I saw it displayed at a Abbas Kiarostami memoriam. After I saw Close-Up a few months ago I knew I had to give one…
A mix between Before Sunset and The Trip to Italy that is on a level all its own. The feints, the revolutions, the sidesteps all combine into a masterful exploration of worth.
This film both makes me want to become more of an academic AND makes me want to run screaming to the hills from any kind of literary or artistic criticism.
It's also utterly perfect.
i... i need to watch this again.
4.0/5 (for now. i'm not really sure how to rate this just yet. i need time to digest it.)
I just don't know what to do with my life now.
The postmodernist cinematic landscape has gifted us incredible works of deconstruction that point out the filminess of films: Pierrot le fou, Annie Hall, Lost Highway, Synecdoche, New York, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, White Out, Black In. These movies break down the assumptions of cinema and show us how fictions are created, how fictions relate to reality, and how even the most genuine emotions stirring within a film are little more than images burned onto celluloid.
Among the most beguiling works that fall into this broad camp, a group that houses films by Godard, Weerasethakul, and Lynch, is Certified Copy. This film, marked by a drastic, immediate, and unexplained alteration in the nature of the relationship between…
The latest film from Iranian Abbas Kiarostami is a delight! What started out as a commentary on original and copied art works suddenly became an engaging snapshot about marriage and commitment. Juliette Binoche deserved to win Best Actress in Cannes. Noteworthy also is baritone William Shimmel's foray in acting. It was like watching post-"Before Sunset."
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- Kiarostami really is in his comfort zone when providing scenarios that challenge what is "real" versus what is "fake/copy."
- Juliet Binoche is radiant, frustrating, and always captivating in this film. She's so strong in every film I've seen with her, and I still need to view so much more of her films. For her work in Three Colors: Blue, Cache, and Certified Copy, she already belongs right at the top of my favorite actresses list.
- As the viewer, I was initially engrossed by the shift in the couple's relationship. Then, i became frustrated by the continued twists, feeling somewhat lost while not being able to put my finger on who these two really were to each other.…
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