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

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

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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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A Moody Film About The Impossibility of Love
5 May 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Anyone expecting the classical forms of plot and characterization in this film will be sadly disappointed. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE has a minimal plot - a young student Akiko (Rin Takanashii), who may or may not be a prostitute, visits the home of elderly writer Takashi Watnabe (Tadashi Okuno); an affection develops between them, even though no physical contact takes place. Watnabe encounters Akiko's fiancé Noriaki (Ryô Kase), and convinces him that the two are related: Noriaki finds out that Watnabe is lying, and comes to his apartment and smashes a window, Abbas Kiarostami's focuses more on shifting moods - the sad resignation of Akiko as she goes about her business, neither enjoying nor appreciating it; the blank face of the cab-driver who takes her to Watnabe's apartment; the wistful looks of Watnabe as he looks at Akiko; for him she might be both desirable yet also an object of regret for his own lost youth. Kiarostami refuses to give us the security of explaining his characters' motivations; he leaves it up to us to make our own decisions. Comprised of long close-ups interspersed with shot/reverse shot sequences, the film is more focused on what is not said, rather than the dialog. What gives LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE its true freshness is the quality of its visual imagery:: the film is chock- full of prison images: we see the protagonists sitting in Watnabe's car through the windscreen, the world outside reflected in the class; the bright lights of Tokyo streets fade into a blur as the yellow cab drives through seemingly endless long and straight boulevards; Akiko is seen sleeping in Watnabe's bed through the frosted glass of the bedroom door; while Akiko and Watnabe exchange their dialog in the confined spaces of Watnabe's apartment or Watnabe's car. Through such techniques Kiarostani shows us how the characters are prisoners both of themselves

  • and their inability to disclose their feelings - and the urban


environment, which confines them both night and day. The denouement is both unexpected and, in terms of the film's thematic preoccupations, quote shocking: by smashing Watnabe's window, Noriaki both literally and figuratively tries to break the prison-like atmosphere. But there is a sad irony here; although we see the window breaking ,we do not see any resolution as far as the characters are concerned. The title, and the Ella Bitzgerald song that is heard regularly on the soundtrack, are likewise ironic: the characters can never fall in love, but they merely act "like someone in love".


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