Abbas Kiarostami has spent his incomparable movie career exploring the tiny spaces that separate illusion from reality and the simulated from the authentic. At first blush, his extraordinary, slyLike Someone in Love, which finds the Iranian director in Tokyo, may appear to be among his most straightforward films. Yet with this simple story of the growing bond between a young part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client, Kiarostami has constructed an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire as complex as his masterful, close-up engagement with the workings of the mercurial human heart.
Set in Tokyo, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's deliberately paced, enigmatic drama depicts the evolving relationship between a young prostitute (Rin Takanashi) and her new client, an elderly professor (Tadashi Okuno). Learning of her personal troubles with a boyfriend her own age, the old man gradually casts himself in the role of her surrogate father and protector─a decision that turns both their lives inside out. With Ryô Kase, Reiko Mori. 109 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital Surround 3.0; Subtitles: English; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer. In Japanese with English subtitles.