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Like Someone in Love

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Japan, France, 2012


An unusual relationship develops between a student, who works as a call-girl on the side to pay for her studies, and a brilliant, elderly academic who is one her clients.

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Like Someone in Love Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Kiarostami generates, as perhaps no other filmmaker has before him, a moral relationship with what we are seeing. By a moral relationship I mean not one of moral judgment over what we are seeing but the opposite, the deeply moral encounter with the world that is experienced only by having one’s moral prejudices suspended.
May 19, 2014
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Made with startling economy, Kiarostami finds a million frames we live in. It’s as expertly designed a film as Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), which convinces one that the German master could shoot in one room forever and never run out of brilliant compositions, and here Kiarostami does the same, from inside vehicles, and in the reflections of windshields, somehow hinting at the myriad possibilities built into every moment of our lives.
May 19, 2014
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Not since Close-Up has the director foregrounded the role of deception in the changeling nature of his characters’ identities, and Like Someone In Lovelacks the mitigating factor of Hossain Sabzian’s benign fibbing… Whatever the circumstances of the director’s productions moving forward, however, Like Someone In Love is unmistakably a Kiarostami film, and he continues to craft some of the most challenging, invigorating work of his career as an artistic ex-pat.
May 16, 2014
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