Rated NR · 106 minutes · 2010

Drama, Romance
Juliette Binoche delivers some of her best work as Elle, a taxed and bothered mother who, in the film’s opening sequence, is trying to take in a lecture by an author (William Shimell) discussing his new book. The two eventually wind up taking a little trip together, where their conversation starts off quite ordinary, but slowly moves to new and extraordinary places. Writer-director Abbas Kiarostami has put together a movie with intelligence, major surprises and the incredible presence of Binoche, who speaks three languages in the film. Shimell, a man with limited acting experience, is stellar and matches Binoche every step of the way. After watching this film, you know you’ve seen something special.
Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/certified-copy
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Producer: Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, Angelo Barbagallo and Gaetano Daniele
Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti, Adrian Moore, Angelo Barbagallo, Andrea Laurenzi and Filippo Troiano


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Pittsburgh City Paper Certified Copy Many years ago, a teacher said something to me that I've always remembered: "I have many ideas, but very few beliefs." In Certified Copy, the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami plays with this and other notions, all worth cogitating, if you have a mind for that sort of enterprise and this sort of film. (Call it Last Year at Marienbad Lite.) Set in Italy, which we tour as the film unfolds, it's a casually staged, skillfully acted slice-of-life conversation between two people: a British writer (William Shimell) whose new book posits that a copy of a work of art can be just as valuable as the original; and a woman (Juliette Binoche) who's fascinated and "annoyed" by the idea. Her annoyance has mostly do with his determination to "prove the unprovable." And yet, he confesses that he wrote his book to persuade himself, thus engaging in the perilous act of turning ideas into beliefs, which is the basis of all religion. He's also destroyed his ability to appreciate life's experiences because he's too busy thinking about them. Kiarostami's film takes work, but it's intriguing to think that belief can be an act of fraud, and that authenticity, or the perception of it, can be so powerful. And now: Discuss. In French, English and Italian, with subtitles. Starts Fri., April 1. Regent Square (Harry Kloman) CP Approved by Harry Kloman 03/31/2011
Portland Mercury When Japanese Schoolgirls Attack The Portland International Film Festival returns... and this time it has mutant Japanese schoolgirls! by Erik Henriksen 02/10/2011
Portland Mercury Just Noodlin' The pretentious noodling and lovely scenery of Certified Copy. by Marjorie Skinner 04/07/2011

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