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Like Someone in Love (2013)

Like Someone in Love


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: In his second film outside his native Iran, director Abbas Kiarostami maintains the mysterious, reflective mood of previous triumphs.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: In his second film outside his native Iran, director Abbas Kiarostami maintains the mysterious, reflective mood of previous triumphs.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 3,145



Movie Info

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 … More

Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Abbas Kiarostami
In Theaters:
May 20, 2014
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Critic Reviews for Like Someone in Love

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (16) | DVD (1)

Making only his second film outside of his native Iran, Kiarostami undercuts the rigid protocols of polite Japanese society with intimations of violence.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Kiarostami's apparent simplicity masks serious complexity.

Full Review… | April 11, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Kiarostami is masterful in his layering of space, using glass walls, mirrors, and, in one instance, the aligned side windows of parked cars to suggest a world of divisions, both between people and within them.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Maybe it all serves a purpose, but a movie about empty people doesn't necessarily have to feel empty itself.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

A Rorschach test of our own responses to the intimate drama unfolding before us.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The latest small, perplexing masterpiece from the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who in recent years has chosen the path of a world director.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Kiarostami still possesses a remarkable knack for crafting vivid supporting characters from just a few details.

Full Review… | August 3, 2014
Movie Metropolis

It superbly plays out as an homage to Ozu family dramas.

Full Review… | June 22, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's some artful fiddling with plot expectations, but the film's evident self-regard makes this a rather undergraduate provocation.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013

[An] infuriating - but also fascinating - effort ...

Full Review… | July 29, 2013

Like Someone in Love... is like a puzzle that takes an eternity to complete and yet still somehow contains too few pieces to be taxing.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
New Statesman

As an exercise in conveying place, mood and human foible, this is consistently intriguing.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Radio Times

[Kiarostami] almost throws up something magical, here.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
This is London

This is an intriguing, elliptical affair, the emphasis on reflective surfaces (and off-screen voices) reminding us that we are only ever seeing an opaque refraction of the whole picture.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Observer [UK]

The septuagenarian's most playful tendencies have been liberated and he has started to make films that look like the work of a younger director raised on vintage Kiarostami.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Irish Times

A frustratingly inscrutable film that fails to engage.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Daily Express

[A] beautiful, subtly tender and narratively slight film ...

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
The List

A major statement from one of the world's greatest living filmmakers.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Little White Lies

Gnomic, anfractuous, inconsequential.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Financial Times

Like the best dreams always do, it ends with a jolt, but its ideas and images linger like dust in sunlight.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Daily Telegraph

A tender and touching drama about a young high-class escort who forms a connection with an elderly widower, but certain scenes in this quiet slow-burner feel overstretched and arguably unnecessary.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013

A film that feels unique and innovative.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013

Now practically an exile from his homeland, Kiarostami follows Certified Copy with another film-literate relationship drama with the enigmatic overtones of Hitchcock.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
Empire Magazine

From the incredible opening shot onwards, it's clear Kiarostami's cinematic language translates perfectly in any setting.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The Skinny

Like Someone In Love explores familiar Kiarostami themes - how we slip between roles in our relationships - with a terrifically light touch, making for his best since 1999's The Wind Will Carry Us.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Total Film

Veteran Director Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone is a fine followup to his brilliant Certified Copy. It's lovely, intriguing, stylish and very, very good.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
Alt Film Guide

Audience Reviews for Like Someone in Love


Liked this mostly. Very interestingly filmed and looks great. I particularly like the part where she drives around Tokyo in the taxi.
The opening scenes in the club are also interesting and leave you wondering exactly what's going on.
Once she meets the elderly gentleman, it becomes a little less intriguing, but I still liked it.
My complaints echo others - a little too abrupt to end and would have liked a little more tied up or explained. For example, did she sort her life out? What happened to the old man at the window?
However, I get that this is more art than blockbuster, and like real life, maybe didn't have a clear ending or resolution.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Another mediocre film from the over-rated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

Kiarostami is off to a wonderful start in the first act, displaying a very refined direction, elegant camera movements and smart storytelling. Still, it is hard to see where he wants to go with this after the two characters meet, lacking a clear direction or purpose.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Despite her engagement to young garage owner Noriaki (Kase), Akiko (Takanashi) moonlights as a high class prostitute to fund her college studies. One evening, her plans to meet her visiting grandmother are disrupted when her pimp orders Akiko to spend the night with retired sociology professor Takashi (Okuno). When she arrives, she finds a nervous elderly man who seems more interested in being a father figure to the young woman than indulging in any sexual activity. The next morning Takashi drops Akiko off at her college and encounters her irate fiance. Pretending to be Akiko's grandfather, Takashi finds the young man pouring out his emotions to him, but quickly discovers he possesses a violent streak.

Not since the thirties, when central Europe's greatest film-makers fled fascist persecution to work in Hollywood, has cinema seen the level of cultural cross-pollination of the last few years. English actress Kristin Scott-Thomas has become French cinema's leading female star, appearing in more Gallic productions now than Anglo-Saxon ones. Earlier this year we saw the Australian director Cate Shortland working in Germany for the WWII tale 'Lore', despite not speaking a word of German. 'Like Someone in Love' is possibly the most curious example, a Japanese drama written and directed by an Iranian film-maker.

While it doesn't quite feel like a native Japanese film, (there's far too much dialogue), Kiarostami's film seems like it could be based on a short story by someone like Haruki Murakami. This is both the strength and the weakness of 'Like Someone in Love'. The three characters are all interesting but Kiarostami's exploration of them would be far better served as a piece of literature rather than a motion picture. It's an excessively talky picture, with much of the dialogue serving as thinly disguised exposition. That said, there's enough to keep you engaged, thanks mainly to the performances of Takanashi and especially Okuno, who has the most interesting and pleasant face you'll see on any elderly gent.
I'm forever arguing the case of ambiguity but even I found the ending of this film irritating. There's ambiguity and there's abruptness. Kiarostami opts for the latter in this case.
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

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