2011: #3 Certified Copy

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Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
Written by: Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Juliette Binoche and William Shimell
Distributer: IFC
Country: Italy
Language: French and English
Rating: Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 5/19/2011
Date seen: 1/9/2012
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $5 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 2 (Actress and Original Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Actress)

Over the years I’ve had trouble getting behind the films of Abbas Kiarostami, which all too often felt like wonky inaccessible experiments prone to needlessly extended shots. This film though, wow, this is the fully realized film that Kiarostami has been threatening to make for a while. I suspect that a big part of why this worked so much better for me than his earlier films like A Taste of Cherry is that he’s working with professional actors, well specifically he’s working with Juliette Binoche and if William Shimell had been her acting equal this may well have been a contender for the top spot. As it is, it’s a fascinating movie that’s completely open to multiple interpretations, and it doesn’t do this through some kind of labyrinthine high concept either. Instead it takes the simple set up of an extended conversation between a man and a woman and executes it to the highest degree.
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#4 Year End Honors #2
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