Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

It's easy to love 'Like Someone in Love'

It's easy to love 'Like Someone in Love' kinosoprus.ee
Written by Diane Carson
Rate this item
(0 votes)

About this Media...

  • Director: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Dates: Opens March 15, 2013

Just off camera in the fascinating, highly unusual opening scene set in a Tokyo bar, Akiko carries on a contentious cell phone conversation with, we'll learn, her boyfriend Noriaki. He'll appear a bit later in the slyly presented interaction among three people, a collision of temperaments more than a romantic triangle.

The third person in the equation, the grandfatherly Professor Takashi, hires university student and call girl Akiko. He seems more lonely than lustful and the conflicted Akiko relaxes in his presence. Before long Takashi drives her to the university to take an exam where Noriaki waits for her. Soon, uncomfortably the three converse, well nigh trapped in Takashi's Volvo. Auto mechanic Noriaki offers advice about the car, Takashi on life. Awkward in each other's presence, no one knows all they need about the other two in this encounter.

Iranian writer/director Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone in Love" shares characteristics of many of his films, including a pared down cast of characters, a powerful and formal style, and imprisonment in one's own personal troubles expressed through physical confinement. A meticulous stylist, Kiarostami permits his characters to reveal themselves wordlessly--through the landscape of their face and body and the carefully designed spaces they inhabit, public and private. In this, his second film made outside Iran (the first is the Tuscan based "Certified Copy" with Juliette Binoche and William Shimell), he proves himself a citizen of world culture and a shrewd student of human nature.

A digression involving Akiko's grandmother is heartbreaking, an intrusion by Takashi's neighbor amusing, and an exchange with Akiko's bar friend revealing. Through minutia, Kiarostami depicts life. His actors deliver restrained and yet extraordinarily charged performances. There's electricity in their silences, and Kiarostami lets those silences hang in the air. When he does use music, it contributes a savvy commentary of its own, especially Ella Fitzgerald's "Like Someone in Love" that gives the film its title.

Kiarostami is unique. His stories flow forward, relatively uninterested in action sequences, and yet "Like Someone in Love" stirs more genuine emotion in me than any Hollywood blockbuster. In Japanese with English subtitles. At a Landmark Theatre.

Related items (by tag)

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Jah Orah and KD Assassin

Wed November 19

Durango

Sun October 26
Durango is a two-man band with a progressive, heavy rock sound. The band's latest album, "Technologigical Advances," is a concept album that is meant to be heard as a whole unit. To download a track from…

KDHX Recommends

December
Friday
05

Roscoe Mitchell and Craig Taborn

An internationally known musician, composer and innovator, Roscoe Mitchell began his distinguished career in the spirited 1960s of Chicago. NYC pianist and ECM recording artist, Craig Taborn, has remained a ubiquitous presence on the...


December
Thursday
11

KDHX Discovery Series: History of Psychedelia

The KDHX Discovery Series presents the "History of Psychedelia," with DJ valis. KDHX DJ, valis will take you on a multimedia journey through the annals of psychedelic musical history. The evening will feature a...


December
Sunday
14

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes Celia's Yuletide Express Secular Holid...

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes Celia's Yuletide Express Secular Holid... 88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes Celia's Yuletide Express Secular Holiday Sing-along Sunday, December 14 at Noon. Tickets available online.  Toys, clothes, food and other gifts will be collected at the door for...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Upcoming Events HAPPENING

Online Users

6 users and 9630 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook