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The end will haunt you.
For me, it is too clever by half, creating full-bodied characters but inserting them into a story that is thin soup.
You can see her (Binoche) effect on Kiarostami's filmmaking: She brings out something new in him, too.
That this purposefully twisting exercise takes place amid the sun-burnished cypresses and towns of Tuscany - where ancient statuary is as commonplace as pasta and wine - only makes this playfully enigmatic meditation the more pleasing.
Literate and engrossing, with excellent performances.
In some ways, it's a simple character drama, but the central conundrum disallows an uncomplicated interpretation. I was never bored.
Binoche has a chance to display her noteworthy gifts as a comedienne, switching effortlessly from English to French and Italian to build a character that is resentful, manipulative and seductive all at once.
Later, as the picture becomes a Petrie dish in which James' theories are put to the ultimate test, Certified Copy loses some of its magic, but it retains interest as an appealing and one-of-a-kind experience.
Ultimately, Certified Copy - with its unresolved loose ends - is a puzzle box without a key.
Although the film has elements of a puzzler by Michelangelo Antonioni and a psychodrama by Ingmar Bergman, it never becomes compellingly intellectual or unnervingly emotional.
There's an enchanting, and very Western, musicality in Certified Copy, a mash-up that charms; Mad Decent - master masher, dj and producer Diplo's label - aptly describes it. (Diplo and Buñuel would've loved each other).

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