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Like Someone in Love [DVD]
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LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, named after Ella Fitzgerald's jazz standard,is a droll, elegant and playful film preoccupied with identities mistaken and assumed,laced with references to the films of Yasujiro Ozu. Akiko,a pretty and slightly distant sociology student works nights as a high- class escort. Instead of studying for her exams and meeting her grandmother, she reluctantly goes to the house of her latest client, retired sociology professor Takashi. The next morning, she allows him to give her a ride to university, crossing paths with her volatile boyfriend, Noriaki (Ryo Kase). The latter assume that the kind old man is Akiko's grandfather, thus allowing an odd role-playing routine to begin, until, perhaps, the hoax is discovered.
After CERTIFIED COPY and TEN, LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE offers, with pristine images and long takes of the streets of Tokyo at night, a new facet of Kiarostami's study of human relations and unforeseeable encounters.
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Like Someone In Love is a series of extended character pieces which explores overlapping lives of different generations in modern day Tokyo. There's a country girl who has come to the city to escape rural monotony and limited opportunities, and she's ended up providing escort services to older gentlemen at night while cramming in sociology studies during the day. Her jealous boyfriend knows he's being given the run-around but doesn't quite understand how. Her worried grandmother has travelled all the way to the big city, unannounced, to visit. And Akiko has a special appointment that evening with an elderly scholar - a widower, we think, lonely in his apartment, with only his work and an annoying neighbour.
As is the way with such films, each of these threads is far more than I've just described, and they trace patterns of loss, hope, self-obsession, love, grief, selfless dedication and a whole lot more in between the generations. There's an enormous amount of talking - some remarkable performances are given one-sided, on the phone - and an equal amount of not talking, when communication totally collapses.
But this isn't a depressing or even particularly sad story - indeed, there's some sequences which are gently and wistfully humorous.Read more ›
The film fascinates from the opening scene in a bar where you can hear Rin Takanashi talking on her phone while she is out of shot and we see the bar from her physical viewpoint.
The beautiful cinematography helps to underline the isolation of the characters by techniques like scenes occurring within the interior of cars and through windows shot with beautiful reflections of the neon lights of Tokyo. The main female character is played by Rin Takanashi whose delicate and vulnerable beauty lends such poignancy to the film, especially in the scene in a taxi where she listens to voicemails from her grandmother - such a quietly heartbreaking scene. And it is no coincidence that Kiarostami chose Japan as the location for a movie about hidden personas and confused identities.
The only reason I didn't give this movie 5 stars was because of the film's sudden abrupt ending which leaves you not knowing what happened next or where the slight narrative was leading to.Read more ›
This is not so much a story film as a melancholy snapshot of a night and day involving a few characters: the prostitute; her pimp; her grandmother - who sadly she can't meet due to work commitments; her aggressive blue collar boyfriend; and her elderly client. The film does end very suddenly as others have written - and viewers will love or hate this. I would have had a more involved conclusion to the film but I'll say no more on this.
I'm not sure who the film title refers to - it could be that Takanashi's character would act like someone in love when she is working; it could be her boyfriend who professes love for her but seems to treat her not well; or it could be the elderly client who seems to want company more than an intimate acts (even though this is about a Tokyo sex worker I don't recall any nudity in this film at all).
The scene where she is being driven in car through the night to the client seems to stick in my mind a lot.
Overall, this is a good film and I would recommend it - but don't watch if you are depressed....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the reviews for this on IMDB and they were overwhelmingly positive, so I thought I'd give it a try.
I was not disappointed. Read more
Very French - which is what it's supposed to be. A little different from the usual Japanese film - which neither a good or bad thing. I liked it anyway. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr. J. Eley
Japanese with subtitles - Iranian Abbas Kiarostami directing in Japan! Identities mistaken and assumed? Not a simple tale. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Reynolds
Great cinematic details, but a story that starts well and tails off to an abrupt ending.Published 23 months ago by Stave
With this 2012 tale of love, trust, duplicity and identity, Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami transports his uniquely observational style to 21st century Japan (Tokyo, to be... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2014 by Keith M