Although, initially, they are strangers, a British author (William Shimell) and a French shopkeeper (Juliette Binoche) pretend to be a long-married couple.
" Like its central couple, the film is a volatile mix of the studied and deeply felt. "
" The Iranian-writer director Abbas Kiarostami has always been enthralled by the shifting planes of fantasy and reality. His latest film, Certified Copy, is his fullest expression of that entrancement. "
" The conclusion is abrupt and unsatisfying, but the philosophical dialogue Kiarostami manages to keep aloft for well over an hour touches on intriguing questions of openness, self-honesty, and personal freedom. "
" Kiarostami has a wonderful star in Juliette Binoche and an interesting find in William Shimell, a British opera singer making his dramatic-film debut. "
" Abbas Kiarostami, Juliette Binoche, and Tuscany: The movie Certified Copy had me at hello. "
" Certified Copy is a slighter but more ingratiating film and a chance to see a master filmmaker in uncharacteristic playful mode. "
" A film in the form of a question, but my, how lovely the inquiry is. "
" A film as audacious and radical as any likely to see theaters this year. "
" Certified Copy is a genuine triumph. "
" Kiarostami never completely spells things out, assuming audiences can think for themselves and appreciate all the film's subtleties and reverberations. Let's hope he's right. "
" A brilliant, endlessly fascinating work. "
" Despite its modernist sensibility, there is little reason to be intimidated, unless you find the character of James abhorrent. "
" . The basic plot - a man and a woman traveling and talking - is reminiscent of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise/Before Sunset films, but the way in which Certified Copy calls into question the nature of reality is more akin to Inception. "
" It is literate and engrossing, with excellent performances by Binoche, who won the best-actress prize last year at Cannes, and Shimell, in his screen debut. "
" It is a calm sort of dream, a serious work about love and truth and fraudulence and authenticity done with a mysteriously light touch. "
" The movie threatens to become a sketch about a coquette and a boor squabbling at each other to little effect. "
" "Certified Copy" promises more than it delivers, but the limited portions are fresh. "
" There's a divinely comical lightness to Binoche here: Even in states of conniption and complaint, she's floating, albeit manically. "
" More compelling as an intellectual exercise than an emotional one. "
" Kiarostami is playing with us. That he does it so well is a consolation. "
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