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Japanese/Iranian Art Film "Like Someone in Love"

 

We will see this film, then after it is over, walk several blocks to a place where we can order drinks and chat about the film.

 

Film Summary
LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE is the newest film by master Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

On the heels of his acclaimed Tuscany-set CERTIFIED COPY, Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY, THE WIND WILL CARRY US) travels to Japan for this mysterious and beguiling romantic drama, which once again finds him playfully blurring the line between fiction and cinematic construct. When Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a lovely Tokyo student who moonlights as a call girl, is dispatched to a new client in the suburbs, she is surprised to find the shy and elderly Takashi (81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno), a committed academic constantly distracted by work-related phone calls. The lonely widower seems far more interested in playing house than having sex, however, and the young woman soon falls asleep. The next day, when the two encounter Akiko’s volatile boyfriend Noriaki (Ryo Kase), Takashi plays into Noriaki’s assumption that he is actually Akiko’s grandfather. As the three settle into their new roles, Takashi finds himself becoming the protector that Akiko so desperately needs.

 

Critic Reviews

David Edelstein, Vulture
Like Someone in Love has rather simple, sentimental, melodramatic underpinnings, but the vantage changes everything. It opens up this world - and the next. It's an enthralling journey.


Dana Stevens, Slate
Like Someone in Love is a movie that never quite lets you through to the other side of the glass, but it's dazzling to watch whatever drifts by on the surface.


Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
Despite its visual felicities, Like Someone in Love is so free-floating that it floats away.


Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
The film deepens a style Kiarostami has been refining for years. Characters ride in the backs of cars, sealed off from the city and yet constantly moving. Reflections in windows and mirrors both bring characters together and keep them apart.


Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Kiarostami embarks on a typically indirect but never rambling path in "Like Someone in Love," crafting an elegant mystery that resonates beyond its final, jolting moment.


Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Every shot - everything you see, and everything you don't - imparts a disturbing and thrilling sense of discovery.


Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
No filmmaker is above making errors of judgment. Kiarostami makes a big one.


Robert Levin, amNewYork
A meticulously constructed depiction of modern alienation, from the great Abbas Kiarostami.


Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
A companion piece to Certified Copy but reminiscent of Taste of Cherry, it falls somewhere between those celebrated Kiarostami signature pieces, yet his new film has a sense and style of its own.


Will McCord, Paste Magazine
Masterfully beguiling, Like Someone in Love is a little gem of a film that explores how relationships and roles change depending on the needs, circumstances and desires of the people involved.


Noel Murray, AV Club
Is this the stuff of gripping drama? Not at all. But like nearly all of Kiarostami's films, it's the stuff of good conversation.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed meeting everyone at the event. The movie caught me off guard b/c it had many layers of meaning.

    February 23, 2013

  • billy

    "Like someone in love" had me emotionally engaged from the get-go, and never let up. Surprisingly powerful film. PLus: the company of some extremely nice people.

    February 22, 2013

  • Nare I.

    Too bad I got sick and won't be able to make it. but looking for to subsequent meetings. Please keep me posted.

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are going inside now. If you arrive here late look for us after the film, or you maybe you spot us in a theater while the previews are playing.

    February 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are seated in the 6th row from the back

      February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm out front

    February 22, 2013

  • billy

    Back in

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Put me down as a maybe. If I go, I will purchase my ticket from the box office.

    February 22, 2013

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