Like Someone in Love by Kiarostami

New film by acclaimed Iranian ex-pat director Abbas Kiarostami (last film was Certified Copy). This movie takes place in Japan. When I heard the recent review on Filmspotting, I just knew we should go see this.
We'll go to a nearby coffee shop afterward to discuss the film.

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  • Mike A.

    I offer a little bit longer reaction to this movie. It is a setup and contrived situation but this is to make a point. The separation from real love, real life seems evident to me. The viewing of the events through a lens is repeated - through the lens of a windshield, a security device. However, the side glancing quality of the movie is telling too. The voices from off-stage make us crane our necks sideways. The sense that the elephant in the room isn't speaking but surely there also makes us look. But in the end the director is asking each of us to examine our own isolation and loneliness and efforts to substitute some else for something real. Its unsatisfying because substitutes, poor or otherwise, are inherently dissatisfying. For the movie to offer closure would be illegitimate. Instead we get the illegitimacy of people fooling themselves and knowing they are doing so but apparently helpless to do otherwise.

    March 31, 2013

  • Eileen

    Just read the Rotten Tomatoes review. "A world of barriers — some transparent and some opaque — separate her from a loved one..." He mentions this again regarding the professor and then again regarding the boyfriend. "And while a world of barriers, some transparent and some opaque, separate him from her, he’s not likely to let those barriers stand." So a barrier is broken at the end but we are left to decide what it means. I'm not sure I would have called this movie a comedy, although there was funny bits it seemed more sad and tense.

    Enjoyed the discussion after the movie and meeting everyone!

    March 31, 2013

  • Mike A.

    The film could be entitled Sociology professor constructs artificial world but gets bit by reality.

    March 31, 2013

  • andy

    I also recommend this very thoughtful analysis of the film that I just read on Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lookingcloser/2013/03/like-someone-in-love-2012/

    March 31, 2013

    • Diane

      Thanks for posting this!

      March 31, 2013

  • Diane

    This isn't a movie I liked immediately. For me there was very little instant gratification to be had from it. But I do like movies that are done beautifully and are thought provoking, and the more I think about this movie, the more I like it. Mostly, I'm glad discussion of the movie lasted long enough to illuminate some of the devices used by the director. They would have slipped past me, and I'd be dismissing the time spent as a big old yawn fest.

    March 31, 2013

  • andy

    Just to clarify the reason I didn't like it is it struck me as ultimately empty; it's not enough to be clever; I want to be moved by what I watch and I didn't get that from the film.

    March 31, 2013

  • andy

    I'm curious what interpretations people may have of the final scene. The more I think about it, the more the movie strikes me as self-reflexive, a movie about our expectations of movies. One critic wrote that the film is "A Rorschach test of our own responses." To extend his idea, that's one way to make sense out of all of the emphasis on windows and mirrors in the film--they're reflecting back at us what we project onto the chaos of the screen that in turn mirrors the chaos of everyday life. From that perspective, the final scene could be seen as a playful move by the Director to emphasize that the film is over--our window into seeing these characters has been broken. Viewing the movie from this lens also makes sense of several scenes that play with viewers expectations that something dreadful is about to happen--the old man driving and falling asleep at the wheel or the scene where he backs up his car as a woman and child walk behind him. I still didn't like the movie though.

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Movie was different but ultimately did not get that much out of it. Everything seemed to be observed through a prism of glass up until the final scene.

    March 30, 2013

  • Don T.

    Change of plans for today

    March 30, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry to bail, but Easter dinner preparations are taking longer than I anticipated, and didn't want to wait until last minute. Hope to meet up next time!

    March 30, 2013

  • Christine P.

    It sounds like this is going to be a very good movie.

    March 29, 2013

  • Eileen

    Usually watch Indie Films that are available at the library. Time to get out!

    March 29, 2013

  • Mandana

    Sorry I forgot about a previous appointment I had. I hope I can join you next time.

    March 28, 2013

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