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Like Someone in Love Movie Review

Title: Like Someone in Love

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Starring: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase.

The internationally acclaimed Iranian film-maker, Abbas Kiarostami, has decided to shoot his latest movie in Japan. But the Nipponic experiment seems to have turned in an epic fail.

The story is very straightforward: Akiko, a Tokyo student in her twenties, who works as call girl, is dispatched to a new client, the shy and elderly Takashi. Between the two, a chaste grandfather-granddaughter relationship will develop throughout the entire film. But their friendship will find have to deal with the violent reaction of Akiko’s possessive boyfriend.

The problem of the movie is that the excess of introspection and desire of realism leads to stale and flat dialogues. As for the action nothing happens. The intent of unveiling the rigid protocols of the polite Japanese society turns out into a static plot with talented actors who drag themselves from one scene to the next without a purpose.

If Alfred Hitchcock used to believe that cinema is life without the boring moments, Kiarostami seems to have chosen a different philosophy, since he has drenched the entire movie with all of reality’s monotony, and in the long run this become extremely tedious for any kind of audience.

Technical: B

Acting: B

Story: F

Overall: C

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, is a film critic, culture and foreign affairs reporter, screenwriter, film-maker and visual artist. She studied in a British school in Milan, graduated in Political Sciences, got her Masters in screenwriting and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. Chiara’s “Material Puns” use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. She exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Oxford, Paris and Manhattan. Chiara works as a reporter for online, print, radio and television and also as a film festival PR/publicist. As a bi-lingual journalist (English and Italian), who is also fluent in French and Spanish, she is a member of the Foreign Press Association in New York, the Women Film Critics Circle in New York, the Italian Association of Journalists in Milan and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Chiara is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

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