Certified Copy (aka Copie Conforme) review by Siva Kumar - Cinema Paradiso
‘Certified Copy’ is a film by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who is well known for some of his past works. The film, which is set in Tuscany, narrates the romantic transformation between the lead actors. The film stars Juliette Binoche and William Shimell in the lead roles.
A female gallery shop owner attends the lecture given by famous French author James Miller along with her son. James Miller defends imitation art by claiming that every artwork is original in its own sense. The gallery owner invites miller to visit the countryside along with her. During their travel, he is mistaken as her husband by a woman in a café. Their relationship is left as a puzzle.
The film mainly portrays the relationship between the lead characters in perception as well as reality. The conversation that happens between Miller and the gallery owner during their visit to the countryside is quite interesting. The way the story moves is quite interesting. This is certainly not a clichéd man meets woman, falls in love, kind of drama. It is very intense due to the fact that the relationship between them is left to our own assumption.
The narration is brilliant throughout the movie and it never lags in any scene. The brilliancy of the filmmaker alone is not enough to make such a beautiful movie. The performance by the lead actors is truly amazing. The acting is done in a controlled way without any over performance. This is one of the best movies in the recent times that deal with male-female relationship.