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Like Someone in Love
dir. Abbas Kiarostami / France, Japan 2012 / 109’
subtitles: Polish and English


Tadashi Okuno, Rin Takanashi, Ryo Kase

Film description

An aging academic makes a date with a call girl, but their unconsummated evening unexpectedly fills with unplanned complications. The night’s intended outcome rapidly takes a backseat when the woman’s obsessive stalker joins the party and each successive scene explodes with a mini-surprise step-by-step disabusing the viewer of conviction about the plot’s direction. The static camera follows characters and emotions that flow between them, observing calmly from a safe distance and catching subtle situational humor frothing from the clash of two distant generations. But in the end, no one will be left laughing.

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Information about director

Abbas Kiarostami

Born in 1940 in Tehran, Iran. Interested in art from an early age, he won a painting competition at eighteen years old and left his home to study at Tehran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Throughout the 1960’s, Kiarostami worked in advertising, making commercials, designing posters, creating credit titles for films, and illustrating children’s books. His career in film began at the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults at the age of 30. He has since written, directed, edited, and produced over thirty shorts, features, and documentaries that have won acclaim both at home and abroad. Though his style have been compared at various times to other directors’ poetics, his films remain uniquely Kiarostamian. Effortlessly simple and conceptually complex in equal measure; poetic, lyrical, meditative, self-reflexive and increasingly sophisticated.

Selected filmography

1994 Pod oliwkami / Zire darakhatan zeyton / Through the Olive Trees

1995 Lumière i spółka / Lumière et compagnie / Lumière and Company (doc.)

1997 Smak wiśni / Ta’m e guilass / Taste of Cherry

1999 Uniesie nas wiatr / Bad ma ra khahad bord / The Wind Will Carry Us

2010 Zapiski z Toskanii / Copie conforme / Certified Copy

2012 Like Someone in Love

Prepared by: Anna Bielak


director: Abbas Kiarostami
screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami
cinematography: Katsumi Yanagijima
editing: Bahman Kiarostami
cast: Tadashi Okuno, Rin Takanashi, Ryo Kase
producer: Marin Karmitz, Kenzo Horikoshl, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, Abbas Kiarostami
production: Euro Space, MK2 Productions
sales: MK2 Productions
language: Japanese
colouration: colour
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