Like Someone In Love

Like Someone In Love

By Abbas Kiarostami

  • Genre: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Release Date: 2013-02-15
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 49min
  • Director: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Production Company: Euro Space
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 108 Ratings


Fresh from the triumph of his Tuscany-set Certified Copy (NYFF 2010), master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami travels even further afield from his native Iran for this mysteriously beautiful romantic drama filmed entirely in Japan. Like Someone in Love revolves around the brief encounter between an elderly professor (the wonderful 81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno, here playing his first leading role in a film) and a sociology student (Rin Takanashi) who moonlights as a high-end escort. Dispatched to the old man by her boss— one of the professor’s former students— the young woman finds her latest client less interested in sex than in cooking her soup, talking, and playing old Ella Fitzgerald records (like the one that gives the film its allusive title). Eventually, night gives way to day and a tense standoff with the student’s insanely jealous boyfriend (Ryō Kase); but as usual in Kiarostami, nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Are these characters— who conjure in one another the specters of regret and roads not taken— meeting by chance, or is it fate? Is this love, or merely something like it?




  • Different Shades of Love

    By sushidimpork
    This film captures two kinds of love; possessive love and protective love. Ryo Kase (Noriaki) embodies possessive love through control and anger. Tadashi Okuno (Takashi Watanabe) embodies protective love through the act of being paternal. The simple by-chance encounter allowed Akiko to receive the type of love she was searching for, protective and open.
  • Not For The Casual Moviegoer

    By Frank C 66554321.
    No clear story with an ending that will surprise you of its abruptness. Unlike most movies, where the plot is jammed down your throat, Kiarostami simply serves this wonderful meal to you. You have to chew it, taste it, and swallow it on your own.
  • Not Kiarostami's best

    By thefilmdept
    There are films that have endings which leave the viewer completing the film in their mind. On the other hand, this film, while having moments that break your heart, feels like it runs out of ideas, and just decides to stop.