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Like Someone in Love

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Japan, 2012

Cornerhouse, 22 June 2013

Like Someone in Love

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.