Like Someone in Love (film)
|Like Someone in Love|
|Directed by||Abbas Kiarostami|
|Produced by||Nathanaël Karmitz|
|Written by||Abbas Kiarostami|
|Budget||US$ 4.8 million|
Like Someone in Love (Japanese: ライク・サムワン・イン・ラブ Raiku Samuwan In Rabu) is a Japanese-language drama film written and directed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, starring Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno and Ryō Kase. The French-Japanese production competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
In Tokyo, sociology student Akiko (Rin Takanashi) moonlights as a high-end prostitute. Her jealous boyfriend, Noriaki (Ryō Kase) is suspicious, but does not know about her work as a prostitute. One night, she is assigned to Takashi (Tadashi Okuno), an elderly former university professor who is more interested in making her dinner than having sex.
The morning after their unconsummated night, Takashi drives Akiko to school for her exams. While waiting in the car for her, he encounters Noriaki, who assumes Takashi is her grandfather and asks permission to marry her. Takashi does not correct Noriaki's assumption and assures him he isn't ready for marriage.
Akiko returns from her test to find Takashi and Noriaki still talking in the car. The three of them ride together toward a bookstore and while en route Noriaki, who owns a garage, diagnoses a problem with the car. He convinces Takashi to drive it to his garage where he replaces a fan belt—all the while not realizing that Takashi was Akiko's client. At the garage, they encounter a former student of Takashi's and Akiko worries he will reveal the truth to Noriaki.
Takashi drops Akiko at the bookstore and returns home. Soon afterward, he receives a panicked phone call from Akiko and returns to the bookstore to pick her up. Her mouth is bloodied, apparently from an attack by Noriaki, although she does not provide any details. Takashi and Akiko are not home for long when Noriaki arrives, threatening them over the apartment intercom and banging on the door. She cowers on the couch. Takashi peers out his window to see what Noriaki is doing. In the film's final shot, a stone or brick comes through the window and Takashi falls to the floor, although it's unclear whether is struck.
Like Someone in Love is a film production of France's MK2 Group and Japan's Eurospace. It had a budget of $4.8 million (US). Filming was originally planned for April 2011, but had to be rescheduled because of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The film was eventually shot during eight weeks in October 2011. Filming was done in Tokyo and Yokohama.
The film received mostly positive reviews by critics. It holds an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 reviews and reports a rating average of 7.2 out of 10 At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 76 based on 28 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
David Denby of The New Yorker writes, "This story, driven by undercurrents and oblique hints, is almost surprising in its circumspection." He adds, "The cinematography is clear and hard-focussed, and the editing produces long, flowing passages. This exquisitely made, elusive film has a lulling rhythm and a melancholy charm, which makes its abrupt ending that much more of a shock."
|2012||Chicago International Film Festival||Best International Feature||Nominated||Abbas Kiarostami|
|65th Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or||Nominated||Abbas Kiarostami|
|2013||7th Asian Film Awards||Best Cinematographor||Nominated||Katsumi Yanagijima|
|7th Asian Film Awards||Best Director||Nominated||Abbas Kiarostami|
|7th Asian Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated||Ryo Kase|
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