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Certified Copy -- In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. Mistaken as husband and wife, the duo keep up the pretense, spending an afternoon behaving like a long-married couple.
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Certified Copy -- n Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. There, they are mistaken for a married couple. On the insistence of the woman they keep up the pretence, but as time goes on we realise that there may be more to their seemingly new relationship than meets the eye.

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Caroline Eliacheff (collaborator on screenplay)
Abbas Kiarostami
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Release Date:
19 May 2010 (France) See more »
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In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Elle

William Shimell ... James Miller

Jean-Claude Carrière ... L'homme de la place
Agathe Natanson ... La femme de la place
Gianna Giachetti ... La patronne du café
Adrian Moore ... Le fils
Angelo Barbagallo ... Le traducteur
Andrea Laurenzi ... Le guide
Filippo Trojano ... Le marié
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manuela Balsinelli ... La mariée
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Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Caroline Eliacheff  collaborator on screenplay
Abbas Kiarostami 

Produced by
Angelo Barbagallo .... producer
Gaetano Daniele .... line producer
Claire Dornoy .... executive producer
Charles Gillibert .... producer
Marin Karmitz .... executive producer
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Nathanaël Karmitz .... producer
Abbas Kiarostami .... producer
Patrick Quinet .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Luca Bigazzi 
 
Film Editing by
Bahman Kiarostami 
 
Casting by
Fabiola Banzi 
 
Production Design by
Giancarlo Basili 
Ludovica Ferrario 
 
Set Decoration by
Stefano Picciarelli 
 
Makeup Department
Franck-Pascal Alquinet .... key hair stylist
Fabienne Robineau .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Simona Chiocca .... unit manager
Ivana Kastratovic .... production manager
Maria Panicucci .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marco Pettini .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Cristina Cecili .... lead painter
Lorenzo Sartor .... carpenter
Francesco Spina .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Olivier Hespel .... sound
Grégory Noël .... boom operator
Dominique Vieillard .... sound editor
Dominique Vieillard .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Vieillard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Francesco Antonio Maggi .... digital compositor
Rodolfo Migliari .... visual effects supervisor: Chromatica
Miriam Pavese .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro Abate .... second assistant camera
Salvatore Bognanni .... assistant camera
Paolo Cafiero .... assistant camera
Patrizio Marra .... key grip
Fabio Policastro .... best boy
Alessandro Saulini .... gaffer
Michel Tripepi .... second assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Berrebi .... costume supervisor
Elise Cribier-Delande .... costume assistant
Marzia Nardone .... associate costume designer
Agathe Wesolek .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Andrea Orsini .... color timer
Fabrizio Pistone .... digital conform
Maria Fantastica Valmori .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Elizabeth Alexandris .... script supervisor
Matilde Barbagallo .... trainee
Giacomo Cardone .... production assistant
Bruno Di Bartolomei .... accountant
Giulia Fraschi .... production assistant
Massoumeh Lahidji .... screenplay adaptation
Alessandro Luzi .... cashier
Maxime Maisin .... production coordinator: Belgium
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Alfredo Miserocchi .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Copie conforme" - France (original title)
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106 min
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Trivia:
At some point Robert De Niro was in negotiation for the role of James Miller, but eventually it was offered to William Shimell.See more »
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James Miller:I'm afraid there's nothing very simple about being simple.See more »
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33 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Review: Certified Copy (Copie Conforme), 28 January 2011
Author: movie evangelist from England

The Pitch: It's like looking in a mirror, only… not.

The Review: Juliette Binoche has had a career spanning nearly thirty years, and for much of that has jumped between roles in her natural language and English. You might think that, with the supposed paucity of good female roles in movies, that there's not much left for Binoche to cover that she hasn't before, but here she gets to explore some new territory to Cannes best actress award-winning effect. In the process, she gets to cover a range of languages, not only English and French but Italian, but in this case there is a specific purpose to the variances of the language.

The set-up is simple: William Shimell plays James Miller, an British author on a tour of Tuscany where his work on originality in art has been better received than in his homeland. Binoche is the woman who comes to hear his talk, and the two are then drawn together in a discussion of his work. Once the two meet again, the course of the movie charts their discussions over the course of an afternoon, taking in the Italian countryside and engaging with a number of characters along the way who cause them to reflect on their differing viewpoints on Miller's work.

There's a turning point as we approach the halfway mark where one of those characters seemingly mistakes the pair for a married couple. What starts as a role play, set off by the misunderstanding, takes on more and more aspects, and eventually both the pair and the audience are lost in the drama. The whole movie reveals itself to be an intricate construct on this concept, almost every aspect of the theme, the performances or the setting playing with the motif of originality versus imitation. Reflections in car windows sometimes obscure the actors themselves, POV shots ask us to engage directly in the drama almost as a participant and this even extends to the leading pair themselves – Shimell is a renowned baritone, not an actor, and there is a slight but noticeable difference between his performance and that of Binoche, which almost feels like a copy of acting rather than being fully immersed in the role.

While this reinforces the concept, it does prevent the audience from fully engaging, being kept slightly at arm's length by the constant artifice. That's not to say that there's not a lot to enjoy here, with the confusions and the tensions making this verge on a romantic comedy at times. Despite the differences in acting ability, Shimell and Binoche make an engaging couple at times and as time wears on, you find yourself more keen to believe that the beginning was the illusion and that their relationship is real and not the copy. Much of the credit for this must be placed at Binoche's door, using the language differences to vary mood effectively, but also adding colour and emotion in all of the languages she uses. The only one here who's on familiar ground is director Kiarostami, who's explored these themes before but never to such mainstream effect – worth checking out if you'd like to engage your mind and your heart.

Why see it at the cinema: There is a very literal aspect of the visuals which runs throughout the course of the movie, which the cinema screen will allow you to fully appreciate.

The score: 7/10

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