Like Someone in Love

Posted on: 08 July 2013 by Laurence Green

Laurence Green reviews Abbas Kiarostami's ambigous and enjoyable new film Like Someone in Love

Like Someone in LoveDon’t be misled by the title of controversial Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s latest work Like Someone In Love (ICA Cinema and National Film Theatre) is not as you might expect a romantic comedy but a droll, elegant and playful movie exploring mistaken and assumed identities.

Set in Tokyo, the story centres on Akiko, a student juggling money problems exams, a visiting grandmother and a clinging boyfriend, who is reluctantly persuaded by her bar-proprietor boss to go and spend the evening with an elderly man, a writer of some importance. She expects him to want sex but things are not that simple.

Although this is a slim somewhat inconsequential tale, it is consistently absorbing and intriguingly ambiguous from beginning to end. Indeed this account of a brief, may be fateful encounter has a surpassing subtlety of expression and delicacy of tone even as it touches lightly but tellingly on a range of themes to do with relationships and age, truth and falsehood, adversity and acceptance.

The performances – some by first timers are naturalistic and engaging, but it is the sly script, exquisite visuals and elegant, imaginative direction that most impress.

In short this is a delicate but daring movie from a master of cinema which keeps us always wondering what is going to happen, as well as what it is about.

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