General · 20th November 2011
Friday Flicks presents Certified Copy on November 25th, 7:45 at the Community Centre.
Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s first venture into European art-house territory, Certified Copy, is a tricky thing. On the surface, it’s about a romantic one-day interlude in Tuscany between a middle-aged couple. After a while, though, we start to realize we’re on shifting ground. We’re not really sure who the two people are, whether they knew each other before or are just pretending.
Impeccably photographed, philosophically provocative and mischievously both romantic and comic, Certified Copy is a simmering pastiche of bickering couple pictures.
Kiarostami sends English academic William Shimell and French antique dealer Juliette Binoche on a Sunday odyssey to a Tuscan hill town, where they debate originality, authenticity and value while keeping the audience (and themselves) guessing about the nature of their relationship. The dialogue is ripe; a playful mockery of the clichés sustaining both art house and mainstream film.
An exceptional film that plays with what is real and what is imagination. While exploring language and communication, this drama is both funny and intense.