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Like Someone in Love (2012)

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In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.



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Like Someone in Love I is a Japanese film directed by Abbas kiarostami. It has been selected to be screened in the main competition section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film is set during the mighty Heisei Dynasty-period in Japanese history. Written by Abbas kiarostami. Written by Ugetsu

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$21,813 (USA) (15 February 2013)


$221,390 (USA) (19 April 2013)

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In the late 1990s Abbas Kiarostami was driving late at night while on a visit to Tokyo and witnessed a young girl on the side of the street dressed as a bride. In the years following, while visiting Tokyo to promote other films, he realized that he was always looking for that same girl because she had left such an impression but that he would never likely notice her again in real life because she wouldn't be wearing the same dress. This experience became the basis for the film. See more »


Akiko: [subtitled version] I'd rather not know all the mistakes I've made. I'm depressed enough as it is.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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19 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Tokyo, a young prostitute (Rin Takanashi) develops an unexpected connection with a widower (Tadashi Okuno) over a period of two days.

At this point in his career, Abbas Kiarostami had been directing films for forty years, so he is no amateur. But it might be a bit of a new beginning, filming in Tokyo with an all-Japanese cast. In fact, had one not known better, they might assume the director was Japanese. What do these two worldviews create when blended?

Professor Nico Baumbach makes much of this cultural difference (and rightfully so), saying Kiarostami's foreign immersion "heightens in a new way the sense of the filmmaker as spectator", but is then quick to point out that despite this, we are not alienated from our subjects. The experience of distance "becomes the condition for an emotional connection that otherwise would not have been possible."

The film is also, in short, beautifully shot, with glorious cinematography. This is the sort of film, with its style and charismatic lead actress that one could watch for hours regardless of plot or substance. Critic David Denby says it more eloquently when he writes, "The cinematography is clear and hard-focused, and the editing produces long, flowing passages. This exquisitely made, elusive film has a lulling rhythm and a melancholy charm."

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