Akiko is a sociology student who funds her education by working as an escort. One night she is sent to the home of the elderly and gentle sociology professor Takashi. As it turns out, he is more interested in playing house than in sleeping with her and Akiko falls asleep on the old man’s bed. The next morning, she accepts his offer to drive her to school. On their way, they meet Akiko’s boyfriend Noriaki. He assumes that Takashi is her grandfather and neither of them bothers to correct him. The incident prompts Noriaki and Akiko to form a quiet bond, both as guardian and granddaughter and as professor and student.

In his second film set outside his native Iran, Abbas Kiarostami takes on a Tokyo tale of mistaken identity and role-playing, continuing the themes of his 2010 »Certified Copy«.

With its subtle cinematic language and long and unbroken takes, »Like Someone In Love« is an elegant and beautiful portrait of the layers of distance and closeness in a relationship.

Edgar Allan Zan

Like Someone in Love poster
Title
Like Someone in Love
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Country
France, Japan
Length
109 min
Festival
2012
Section
Open Zone
Language
Japanese
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Cast
Ryo Kase, Rin Takanishi, Tadashi Okuno
Producer
Charles Gillibert, Abbas Kiarostami, Nathanaël Karmitz
Script
Abbas Kiarostami

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