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Abbas Kiarostami, Like Someone in Love, 2012

Like Someone in Love

21 Jun 201330 Jun 2013

★★★★★ 'A luxuriant, purring poem of intertwined lives... Kiarostami’s film bows out leaving us desperate for more' The Daily Telegraph
★★★★ 'So delicate... so elegant... engrossing' Time Out

Like Someone in Love, named after Ella Fitzgerald’s jazz standard, is a droll, elegant and playful film preoccupied with assumed and mistaken identities, and laced with references to the films of Yasujiro Ozu.

Akiko, a pretty and slightly distant sociology student works nights as a high-class escort. Instead of studying for her exams and meeting her grandmother, she reluctantly goes to the house of her latest client, retired sociology professor Takashi. The next morning she allows him to give her a ride to university, crossing paths with her volatile boyfriend Noriaki (Ryo Kase). The latter assumes that the kind old man is Akiko's grandfather, thus allowing an odd role-playing routine to begin until, perhaps, the hoax is discovered.

After Certified Copy and Ten, Like Someone in Love offers pristine images and long takes of the streets of Tokyo at night, and a new facet of Kiarostami’s study of human relations and unforeseeable encounters.

Like Someone in Love, dir. Abbas Kiarostami, France/Japan 2012, 109 mins

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