Certified Copy ★★★

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Certified Copy bears an obvious family relationship (though is not a copy of) the Before trilogy, doing the same dialogue-driven, one-day romance through a town in Europe with chemistry lingering between every line. Unlike Linklater's films, though, Certified Copy is terribly boring and has way less visual chemistry. Kiarostami begins to build a visual grammar into the film about 2/3 of the way, but is overly-subtle in doing so. Also ambiguous — but I liked this one — is the "reality" of the dialogue as the film wears on. If not for that interesting ambiguity and the acting itself there would have been little redemptive in Certified Copy.

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