This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
Quite dense. Second viewing required. Juliette Binoche slays as usual.
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I love Abbas Kiarostami. This is the first movie of his I watched and, though I haven't seen many more yet, I've loved all I've seen so far, and returning here reminds me why he hooked me within one film. And yet, it also shows me how far I've come. The degree to which I'm so much more literate about film, how the comparison between this and the Before trilogy flatters this all the more (though those movies are brilliant themselves) through its intense specificity yet no lacking of romance and philosophy and intimacy. How the balance between clinically looking at the central couple here shows something so worth passionlessly observing befitting Shimell's character's view and yet how the context,…
A lifetime's worth of intimacy and expectation shown through the distorted realities of a single day.
Did not see THAT one coming! Liked it very much and I fully admit that I was slightly confused at the end... but in a good way I suppose. The actors are superb and some conversations I had to rewind cause they just rang that true. I'd like to come back to this one!
An outright masterpiece.
"I'm afraid there's nothing very simple about being simple"
I was 100% into this until it turned into the "pretend we're married" thing, which for some reason I couldn't connect to at all, like I kept thinking it was all fake. I know this makes me sound like an idiot but oh well, I'm sorry everyone
"It'd be stupid to ruin our lives for an ideal."
A very well written and quite clever film, thought provoking as well. Really enjoyed the performance of Juliette Binoche, which, coupled with the subject matter (art and its culture, not quite a common theme in films, as it makes it somewhat meta, art about art, however, as usual, it eventually delves deeper into the understanding of the human condition) provided for a good film that most people with any interest in art and fine culture whatsoever would find enjoyable.
All she wants from you is that you walk beside her and lay your hand on her shoulder. That's all she's longing for. But for her, it's vital. But all your problems can be solved by a simple gesture. Do it and set yourself free.
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This is my personal counter-list to YouTube reviewer Chris Stuckmann's selections from his book The Film Buff's Bucket List. I…