Like Someone in Love
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Cornerhouse, 22 June 2013
In this finely wrought film strangers’ lives become intertwined, obligations are unexpectedly forged.
Akiko (Rin Takanashi) is a student who also works as a call-girl, something her jealous, violence-prone boyfriend seems to suspect. He suspects something is up, any roads. For Takashi (Tadashi Okuno), the client whom she visits here, a writer and an academic, the awareness of her precarious life is heart-shattering. It doesn’t happen all at once, but slowly his soul melts.
The beauty of the film lies in its quiet manner and unhurried pace, the complete absence of melodrama. How clean and clear of clutter each scene is, as say when Takashi and Akiko are discussing the painting of the parrot and the young woman. Or in the terribly sad scene where Akiko is sat in a taxi, tearful as she puts on lipstick, becoming a diminished version of herself.
A beautiful film.