An unusual relationship develops between a student (Rin Takanashi), who works as prostitute on the side to pay for her studies, and a brilliant, elderly academic (Tadashi Okuno) who is one her clients.
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30. Since then he has made many movies and has become one of the most important figures in contemporary Iranian film. He is also a major figure in the arts world, and has had numerous gallery exhibitions of his photography, short films and poetry. He is an iconic figure for what he has done, and he has achieved it all by believing in the arts and the creativity of his mind. —World Cinema Foundation
Promises the trademark Kiarostami rumination and depth, or at least the cleverness and elan of "Certified Copy", but finally feels aimless, its main characters are charmless, and its non-sequitur ending falls very flat. The -rather superficial- nod towards Ozu only highlights the chasm between even Ozu's mediocre films and this film. I still don't get the joke about centipedes.
00:29:02 "Your sister is worried. She wanted to show up to see you." Doesn't change that much if it's the way that line makes it seem but yeah. Especially the ending makes you look for some kind of higher level cause and effect to use plain English. Even though the director is good at showing each party's validity I feel the presence of a very "under his breath" moral commentary or am I being superstitious?
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