Brendan’s review published on Letterboxd:
After trudging through disappointing 2016 releases I decided to use FilmStruck again and watch a Kiarostami film. Having been disappointed by Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us but loving Close-Up I didn't know what to expect from this film. What I found was something that I didn't fully understand but the feeling it gave me was great. From this first viewing it's a film that critiques art, the pros and cons of being original and being a copy. Is it necessarily a bad thing to be a "copy" and is it a good thing to be completely "original"? Is there such thing as originality? Are we all just copies? I don't know but this movie might have the answer. Will I find the answer in multiple viewings? Maybe, but only time will tell. Also seeing this play in Things to Come was pretty funny since these two are very similar.
Also Juliette Binoche is a true French beauty. All European women are beautiful tbh. William Shimell is also pretty hot if I am being honest.