Copie Conforme: Kiarostami at his best

A man and a woman. In a small village in Tuscany. A mental journey. A story that could happen to you, to me or to anybody else.  Simply put, a conversation between two people – asking you to fill in the blanks.

I can’t tell you what this movie is about. Nor does the film want me to. I can only tell you the simple question you will be asking yourself: Have She and James met before? Is this a 15-year-old romance or an awkward first date?

This movie is strong – it changes itself and asks the unanswerable. And does so in three languages: English, French and Italian. Does it so nicely, so poetically, so beautifully and elegantly that it is sublime. Everything you think you’ve just realized about the characters starts slipping away as it progresses. You know things, then you don’t know them. You are sure of something, then you doubt it.

It is a great work of art. It is Kiarostami at his best.

À voir absolument.

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One thought on “Copie Conforme: Kiarostami at his best

  1. I saw this as well and was mixed about it.I really liked the premise and the fact that you don’t ever know until the very end the past these two had, but I think it took it too far and I found it to be pretentious almost. Also the way in which it was filmed felt dated and old.It wasn’t very innovative and it felt like the entire film depends on the mysterious premise.I thought he over did it.

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