Like Someone in Love Reviews
The plot is simple. A young woman trying to secure her college degree has taken a job as a sex worker. At first glimpse she seems like a passive waifish sort of tiny voiced girl-woman.
We quickly discover that this is really a ploying guise to get what she wants. When her pimp refuses to give her the night off, her tiny voice turns into a far more powerful and tonal demand of anger. This is no "waif" and that voice we hear is a cover in a film filled with a series of people hiding behind self-created masks used for manipulation.
Over the course of two days she forms a connection with an elderly retired professor who has some connection to her pimp.
A short film, we see these two dramatically different people slowly drop their masks to reveal their true selves.
What first feels empowering quickly takes us to another aspect of their worlds. Kiarostami's film ends with a heart-stopping thud. A haunting and somehow mysterious cinematic experience.
This film is near flawless.
No character development, shitty dialogue, and drawn out scenes that go nowhere. Don't waste your time.
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.
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