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Like Someone in Love (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 September 2012 (Japan)
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In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.

Director:

Abbas Kiarostami

Writers:

Abbas Kiarostami (screenplay), Mohammad Rahmani (screenplay collaborator: Grandmother's messages)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tadashi Okuno ... Takashi Watanabe
Rin Takanashi ... Akiko
Ryo Kase ... Noriaki (as Ryô Kase)
Denden ... Hiroshi
Mihoko Suzuki Mihoko Suzuki ... The neighbor
Kaneko Kubota Kaneko Kubota ... Akiko's grandmother
Hiroyuki Kishi Hiroyuki Kishi ... The former student
Reiko Mori Reiko Mori ... Nagisa
Kôichi Ohori Kôichi Ohori ... Taxi driver (as Kouichi Ohori)
Tomoaki Tatsumi Tomoaki Tatsumi ... The mechanic
Seina Kasugai Seina Kasugai ... Nagisa's friend
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Like Someone in Love I is a Japanese-language film directed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. It has been selected to be screened in the main competition section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Written by Abbas Kiarostami. Written by Ugetsu

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Like Someone in Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Shizuoka, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,813, 17 February 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$221,390, 21 April 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film had the production title The End which was also the initial name of the movie. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Que Sera, Sera
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Sung by Tadashi Okuno
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A peculiar relationship dissected as subtly as possible
4 May 2013 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Like Someone in Love" is Abbas Kiarostami's follow-up to the mind- bending relationship drama "Certified Copy". Dissection of the title alone provides so many interesting clues and directions for the film to take in addition to what was analyzed previously. And while it does in fact address those interesting ideas (indirectly), it is as minimal as any film-going audience could possibly stand. We essentially watch an unexplained relationship unfold in almost real-time (just under 24 hours).

Akiko (Rin Takashi) is a college-aged girl up to something in the big city of Tokyo that is probably not good for her. She's having an argument with her boyfriend on the phone and she's saying no to a job that a middle-aged man is offering her. This middle-aged man is clearly her pimp and "no" means "yes, sir, I will do whatever you tell me to." So into the cab Akiko goes and we begin to worry about her safety. We spent an awful long time worrying about her safety with no idea what lies ahead for her. The cab ride was two hours long and we saw a lot of it. Akiko arrives at the apartment of an older gentleman looking for companionship. We don't really know what exactly Takashi Watanabe (Tadashi Okuno) wanted with Akiko, and then in the morning he drives her back to Tokyo. Another long car ride.

Visually the car rides were impeccably shot. The scenery was reflected in the windshield and we could still see the characters' faces behind. Unfortunately we don't really know what's happening with these characters during these long car rides. Sometimes a car ride is just a car ride.

Eventually we meet Noriaki (Ryo Kase), Akiko's offensive boyfriend. And he starts putting the relationships into perspective. A different perspective. He allows Akiko and Watanabe to act differently than they actually are, which allows us to start seeing them as they actually are. And then it ends. Well, not quite that quickly, but without giving anything away, it ends.

We're given so little on screen to examine that it can be frustrating even to the viewers that appreciate the subtle beauty in film. Two weeks after first seeing it, my mind has started to form a few opinions on what was being said but it's still a bit too little, too late.


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