Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
James Miller has just written a book on the value of a copy versus the original work of art. At a book reading, a woman gives him her address, and the next day they meet and take a country-side drive to a local Italian village. Here, they discuss various works of art found in the town, and also the nature of their relationship - which gets both more revealed and concealed as the day progresses. Written by
It seems to me that the human race is the only species who have forgotten the whole purpose of life the whole meaning of existence is to have fun, to have pleasure. and here is someone who's found their own way to do it, we shouldn't judge them for it, if they're happy and enjoying life we should congratulate them not criticize them.
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a relationship between a couple in terms of perception
after a theoretical conference about artistic reproduction, Certified Copy begins like normal romance; an encounter, maybe an attraction from Her (Her is an art gallerist), she invites the writer to see something she think pertains to his new book a book about originals and copies. As they travel across the Tuscan countryside, they talk and the writer tries to impose a different conception of happiness. i followed their confrontation with pleasure and so i believed i was watching a relationship in its first stages.
as the movie progresses, ideas about this couple change, a complicity arises between them. more and more it seems like they have a history. midway through the film, a waitress takes them for a couple. The gallerist does not correct her and it is at this moment that Certified Copy radically changes our perceptions; the pair seem to be playing along that suggestion. the ground began shifting very often while i was trying to make logic out of it; after exclusively conversing in English, now they shift between English and French alternately while strong sentiments steadily manifest. attempts made in vain to sort out the real and the fake, the original and the copy..
for me, Certified Copy woks great as a metaphor for relationships in general; one gets to see successive illustrations of life as a couple: the first encounter and the attraction that builds upon, the first arguments and the blame game that follows, the sorrow and nostalgia.. it's clear that Kiarostami delivers a subtle symbolic representation of relationships and our perceptions through them, a film that i think deserves more viewings to detect more subtleties.
my appreciation of the film increased a lot since i saw it 5 days ago. however, while i think it's great conceptually, it prevents the audience from fully engaging through constant tact; because it encourages us to seek a way to make sense of it all, it is misleading in that way. i also wasn't a big fan of Binoche's performance, it seemed very improvised and impulsive
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