Like Someone in Love (2013)
Critic Consensus: In his second film outside his native Iran, director Abbas Kiarostami maintains the mysterious, reflective mood of previous triumphs.
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Critic Reviews for Like Someone in Love
Making only his second film outside of his native Iran, Kiarostami undercuts the rigid protocols of polite Japanese society with intimations of violence.
I was enraptured by Like Someone in Love, taken with a visual intelligence and thoughtfulness we seldom see onscreen. It's one hell of a riff.
Kiarostami still possesses a remarkable knack for crafting vivid supporting characters from just a few details.
There's some artful fiddling with plot expectations, but the film's evident self-regard makes this a rather undergraduate provocation.
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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.
Another mediocre film from the over-rated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
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.
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