THINGS TO COME

What does the future hold? If one thing is for certain, it’s past successes are of little indication for future endeavors. Yet, we can’t help but fall into that trap, thinking that we are going along fine and dandy before it all comes crashing down. That future is what Nathalie Chazeaux (Isabelle Huppert) has on her plate. Up to this point, her past has been one of success. In addition to a successful career as a high school philosophy teacher, Nathalie has also has penned a reputable textbook and a series of monographs for educational purposes. She is married to … Continue reading THINGS TO COME

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

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Abbas Kiarostami is an Iranian filmmaker who has been working quite prolifically since the early 1970s. Up to 2008 all of his films took place in Iran, and walked a neo-realist line. Since then he has left his native country and made two films, Certified Copy and Like Someone in Love. Certified Copy was set in Tuscany, Italy and was in Italian, French, and English. Like Someone in Love is set in Japan and is entirely in Japanese. Kiarostami is a first-rate auteur, and all of his movies, Persian or not, are immediately recognizable. If I were to use any one word to describe his work, it would be patience. Not on the part of Kiarostami and his cast and crew, but on the part of the viewer. It takes some getting used to before one can properly dive into a Kiarostami story. His camera placement is precise, the editing is routine, deep focus and misc-en-scene allowing the eye to wander, all of it void of any flash. Some may describe it as workmanlike or well crafted, but both of these descriptions are mysteriously deceptive. These are descriptions by those who can find no flaws in the movies, but also find no attachment to them as well. To enjoy a Kiarostami movie, one must find the rhythm that Kiarostami uses and then adapt to that. It’s not going to change, or suddenly speed up, it’s going to stay there, nice and constant, and if you can match that, then it’s like sitting back and enjoying jazz.

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