LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE
a film by Abbas Kiarostami
2012/Japan/ Col/ 109 minutes
9th March 2014; 5.45pm
Perks Mini Theater
Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami proves himself an astute observer of love and loneliness in the Japanese culture.In "Like Someone in Love" gives us people who are with someone but ultimately alone.
Akiko (Rin Takanashi) seems like a woman-child when we first seen her. Her makeup is lightly applied and she seems in serious need of advice. Her bangs help hide her and hang like a curtain as she looks down, modestly and reluctantly accepting all advice about her persona life. Her boyfriend is making obsessive demands, Yet Kiarostami surprises us. This little willow of a girl isn't so innocent.Akiko is a call girl and her new client is an elderly well-educated man, Takashi (played by the 81-year-old Tadashi Okuno).
A young student cum call girl, her jealous boyfriend and a needy professor, three people of a totally different socio-economic class coming together under false assumptions. Kiarostami presents indefinite people with indefinite motivations and desires.
The way this film ends is perfect, because it's a bracing slap to the face of not just these characters who have been slumming, pretending and withholding, but to many of us who might be going through life on some kind of autopilot. The film's craziest, most easily mocked character emerges as the one most fully alive. Old Kiarostami, master of paradoxes, is set in his ways, but his ways are never set. (Source: Internet)
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30. Since then he has made many movies and has become one of the most important figures in contemporary Iranian film. He is also a major figure in the arts world, and has had numerous gallery exhibitions of his photography, short films and poetry. He is an iconic figure for what he has done, and he has achieved it all by believing in the arts and the creativity of his mind.