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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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Director:
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Caroline Eliacheff (collaborator on screenplay)
Abbas Kiarostami
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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

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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Abbas Kiarostami on why Juliette Binoche and William Shimell speak directly to the camera: "My aim was to have Juliette speak directly to the male spectators in the audience - it was as if I wanted them seated just in front of William - and to do the same with him and the women in the audience."See more »
Quotes:
James Miller: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.See more »
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Time and time again, 13 May 2011
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

The mystery of this relationship will likely resonate the most with people. How do these two people know each other, is she the mistress, wife? I think it counts that Kiarostami has designed it to be impenetrable by logic, blurred the cause and effect, which is a way of dispelling the notion that we can know the world by it. Is he going to put his hand on her shoulder, will he take the 9 o'clock train out of there, I'd rather ask these questions myself. Both pertain here eventually, as abstractions of life. A man and a woman, whose relationship real or imaginary we might know from our own efforts.

They stop in a museum before the picture of a portrait, thought for centuries to be the original, though lately discovered to have been only a perfect copy. What value has changed in this object, what new perception now regards it, this is where I believe this is best unraveled.

Things change the man quips philosophically, an intellectual much like Kiarostami perhaps. Yet we see the same cypresses standing by the same old road, the same plazas and hotels they once visited, then young and booming with love. Having spoken so well, we see however that the man understands little of that. He can't even enjoy a simple glass of wine without complaining that it is corked, what should be a simple pleasure is tainted by the gross irritation that comes from too much satisfaction. Having satisfied our desires so many times, in so many different ways, we can see that we are no closer to happiness.

Where does this weariness then, born from too much familiarity, from having seen or tasted too much, come from and why does it invest our gaze with this constant dissatisfaction? Another line of thought to connect the web of allusions. The woman, who has made herself beautiful for him in the day of their anniversary, says he doesn't see her anymore. He looks at her but doesn't see, meaning something has dissipated with time, grown withered in his eyes, though she is still the same, except a little older.

Kiarostami perfectly visualizes the burden that saddles these people in the scene where they are driving around town in the car. On the windshield we see cast over their faces the reflections of buildings gliding by, not simply the gap that exists between them, indeed between any two human beings, but the burden of time, life passing them over. In a poignant metaphor, we see them move through existence.

A perfect copy, the original, two identical objects which we are taught to perceive differently. The lines being the same in the same places, the hues of color painted exactly the same, the one intrinsic value that separates the two is merely time. Which is to say that as humans, who wither away with time, we allow ourselves to regard it as the most precious good, the one we cannot buy or sell. The movie shows us how, although we may understand our transience as an idea, we live as though we will always be here, as though we have time enough to postpone a small gesture of affection.

But if we simply perceive the world around us, this present moment? This draught of air now coming from an open window or this glass of wine? Or indeed this woman who has made herself beautiful for us?

This is a great film by one of the few gifted filmmakers of our times, perhaps his first truly great one. In the right ears, this will be a sutra that will permit us to meditate on fundamental precepts of existence, how time thought to matter matters little, how craving and ego blind us. How ultimately, like a mandala upon which Tibetan monks work tirelessly day and night only to destroy it upon completion, life is to be lived in full, with knowledge that it will come to pass.

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