Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review: Like Someone In Love (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012)

Like Someone In Love screened at the Canberra International Film Festival.

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, a previous winner of the Palme d’Or for Taste of Cherry (1997), returned to Cannes this year with Like Someone In Love. Though many have been captivated by his latest work, the reception was certainly mixed. After time to reflect on its unconventional storytelling style and unravel its subtleties, it has become a film that I greatly admire and appreciate.

Set in Tokyo, we are immediately immersed into a bustling restaurant/bar. We are privileged to one side of a phone conversation between a young woman named Akiko (Rin Takanashi) and presumably her boyfriend. They are arguing, and it becomes clear that he is jealous and doesn’t trust her. She presumably lies to him, claiming she is out with some friends. Akiko has a secret and discovering who she was with and why results in a case of mistaken identity and a series of fascinating exchanges of escalating tension.

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