Only one of Kiarostami's masterwork, CERTIFIED COPY is so much a view of the west viewed by a citizen of the world as a beautiful, mysterious ode to the surprise, to the uncertain and to life itself. Lovely, riveting filmmaking that put its audience front and center. For Kiarostami, we deserves the same feelings of his characters. I will miss him so much.
I love the vitality always present in his films. He really has this abbility to make cotidianity vibrant. The woman is amazing, impressive... so effortless. I don't know, I don't even know how to describe exactly what Kiarostami's films make me feel... I know I experience some kind of awareness thing but I just can't put it into words. I feel like I discover things in his films that need time to unfold.
A brilliant drama that begins with a realistic approach but then suddenly shifts to a more surrealistic tone after halfway through, becoming so emotionally involving and raising a fascinating discussion about our perception of the value of Art - original or not. http://www.filmotrope.com
Un scénario d'une subtile intelligence et d'une sagace perversité qui sans cesse évolue et se complaît dans sa propre mécanique illusoire et ludique, avec ses raffinées strates de lecture et de perception, qui pour cette première échappée d'Abbas Kiarostami des plateaux iraniens, propose et impose une oeuvre splendide, parfaitement maîtrisée dans sa labyrinthique et vertigineuse dialectique. www.cinefiches.com
A man & woman appear to be complete strangers, meeting for the 1st time in their lifes. However, as the film goes on, the story wants the audience make believe that instead this is a 15 years married couple. Unsymphatic characters, terrible clothing, dull conversations, implausible twists & turns. Immensely boring. A true disappointment.
Terribly good. The direction, the acting - all components of the film. Clever. With compelling insight into our tendency, in relating, to project. I could've loved it, if I thought he might also be suggesting that this pair, embodying their uncritical gender stereotypes, the high-strung, emotionally needy woman & distant professional man, were themselves just performative, social copies. But I don't think he was. 3.5
Thanks to its magnetic duo of actors (specially La Binoche!), "Certified Copy" becomes way more accessible and relatable and it didn't came across as just a snob and elitist film about art and the (ir)relevance of originality. That discussion is there, through the movie, but dissolved in a captivating first date which turns into a failed marriage. Definitely food for thought.
4.5 - . we are made to assess what is considered as "real" by being lectured on the nature of authenticity within art. are we to assume that history inherently implies authenticity? what gives weight to a moment, a relationship? the characters often diametrically opposed, brings us to wonder if no position is more valid than the other, what really formulates a cogent reality upon which we can agree?