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Like Someone in Love [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami takes the helm for this richly textured drama set in Tokyo, and centered on the unusual relationship between an elderly professor and a pretty student moonlighting as a high-class call girl. Arriving at Takashi (Tadashi Okuno)'s home late one night, Akiko (Rin Takanashi) is surprised when her client shows more interest in cooking and conversation than he does in sex. The following morning, Takashi offers to drive Akiko to class. When the pair crosses paths with Akiko's intensely jealous boyfriend (Ryo Kase), they simply go along with his assumption that Takashi is Akiko's grandfather. Meanwhile, this slight deception begins to color Takashi and Akiko's future interactions while yielding some unexpected repercussions.
  • Credits
    Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase, Denden
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]he movie is playful and makes no easy moral judgments." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[E]very shot in the film, really, is its own universe. Window panes and mirrors often relieve Kiarostami from cutting to and fro by including an offscreen character in a gorgeously warped, faded reflection."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[S]inuous and beguiling....An elegant mystery that resonates beyond its final, jolting moment."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Kiarostami seems interested in how one culture interprets and adapts another, and suggests that there are times when the differences cant be reconciled..."
    A.V. Club

    "[A]n elusive, formally meticulous and surprisingly powerful movie."
    New York Times

    "[L]ustrously photographed reflections play their own intricate games....The greatest fascination is watching these three people when they're planted firmly inside the frame..."
    Wall Street Journal

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Kiarostami follows CERTIFIED COPY with another film-literate relationship drama with the enigmatic overtones of Hitchcock."

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