Sunday, May 8, 2011

Certified Copy (Copie conforme) (2010)

Director: Abbas Kiarostami. Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell. 106 min. France/Italy/Belgium. Drama.

Kiarostami is back in form with his thought-provoking new act. A French antique-dealer (Binoche) meets a British writer in Italy, and they tour a Tuscany village, discussing whether there's any difference between original art, and a very well-made copy of original art. Then, amid their conversation, something extraordinary happens, which leaves you guessing about their true relationship, as they provide a very live example of what they're discussing. Is a copy as effective as its original? This is a definite discussion-creator. If I'd seen this sooner, it would've grabbed a spot in my 2010 top 10 list.

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