Like Someone in Love

Like Someone in Love

A film by Abbas Kiarostami
Starring Ryo Kase, Rin Takanashi and Denden

Is this love, or merely something like it?

Fresh from the triumph of his Tuscany-set Certified Copy (NYFF 2010), master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami travels even further afield from his native Iran for this mysteriously beautiful romantic drama filmed entirely in Japan.

Like Someone in Love revolves around the brief encounter between an elderly professor (the wonderful 81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno, here playing his first leading role in a film) and a sociology student (Rin Takanashi) who moonlights as a high-end escort. Dispatched to the old man by her boss—one of the professor’s former students—the young woman finds her latest client less interested in sex than in cooking her soup, talking, and playing old Ella Fitzgerald records (like the one that gives the film its allusive title).

Eventually, night gives way to day and a tense standoff with the student’s insanely jealous boyfriend (Ryō Kase); but as usual in Kiarostami, nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Are these characters—who conjure in one another the specters of regret and roads not taken—meeting by chance, or is it fate?

Exquisitely made. An enchanting game of misfired passions and mistaken identities. —Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

A WONDROUS FILM. Surpasses even the visual enticements of his previous feature, ‘Certified Copy’. —Richard Brody, New Yorker

 

Technical Information

Production Year
2012
Countries of Production
Japan, France
Language
Japanese
Running Time
109 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013
5:00pm
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013
7:20pm
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013
9:40pm · 5:00pm
Monday, Mar 11, 2013
7:20pm
Sunday, Mar 10, 2013
7:20pm · 2:00pm
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013
6:20pm · 1:00pm
Friday, Mar 8, 2013
6:20pm · 1:00pm
Thursday, Mar 7, 2013
8:40pm · 6:20pm · 4:00pm
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013
8:40pm · 6:20pm · 4:00pm
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013
8:40pm · 6:20pm · 4:00pm
Monday, Mar 4, 2013
8:40pm · 6:20pm · 4:00pm
Sunday, Mar 3, 2013
8:40pm · 6:20pm · 4:00pm · 1:00pm
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013
8:40pm · 6:20pm · 4:00pm · 1:00pm
Friday, Mar 1, 2013
8:40pm · 6:20pm · 4:00pm · 1:00pm

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