Like Someone in Love (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

Like Someone in Love (2013)

Like Someone in Love (2013)

Like Someone in Love



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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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 Kase), Takashi plays into Noriaki's assumption that he is actually Akiko's grandfather. As the three settle into their new roles, Takashi finds himself becoming the protector that Akiko so desperately needs. (c) Sundance Selectsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Abbas Kiarostami
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2014
Box Office: $0.2M


Ryo Kase
as Noriaki
as Hiroshi
Mihoko Suzuki
as Neighbor
Kaneko Kubota
as Akiko's Grandmother
Hiroyuki Kishi
as Old Student
Kouichi Ohori
as Taxi Chauffeur
Seina Kasugai
as Nagisa's Friend
Reiko Mori
as Nagisa
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Critic Reviews for Like Someone in Love

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (35)

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

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

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

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 Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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