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Like Someone in Love

  • Stars: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase
  • Director: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 109 min.

Abbas Kiarostami, the writer/director of the critically acclaimed “Certified Copy,” travels even further afield from his native Iran for this mysteriously beautiful romantic drama filmed entirely in Japan. Like Someone in Love revolves around the brief encounter between an elderly professor (81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno, here playing his first leading role in a film) and a sociology student (Rin Takanashi) who moonlights as a high-end escort. Dispatched to the old man by her boss—one of the professor’s former students—the young woman finds her latest client less interested in sex than in cooking her soup, talking, and playing old Ella Fitzgerald records. Eventually, night gives way to day and a tense standoff with the student’s insanely jealous boyfriend (Ryo Kase); but as usual in Kiarostami, nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Are these characters—who conjure in one another the specters of regret and roads not taken—meeting by chance, or is it fate? Is this love, or merely something like it? (IFC)

"Every shot — everything you see, and everything you don’t — imparts a disturbing and thrilling sense of discovery."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The movie's sense of immutable desire resonates well after the lights have come up."
- Scott Foundas, Village Voice
"The greatest fascination is watching these three people when they're planted firmly inside the frame, talking at cross-purposes while trying to perceive one another in the reflected light of their needs and risky assumptions."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"From moment to moment the low-key intrigue threatens to slip into Hitchcock territory; when it does, it's not in the form of high-wire suspense but in a burst of understated playfulness."
- Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"The film is so masterfully controlled, we feel like we’ve eavesdropped on something like life."
- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"With an attention to the telling detail that one finds in a great short story, Kiarostami guides Takanashi and Okuno - and then Kase - through the mischievous and melancholy tale. It is quiet. It is lovely. And it will stay with you for a long time."
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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