After turning heads and dividing opinions with his most recent feature, Certified Copy, maker of challenging though rewarding films Abbas Kiarostami is back with a new project, Like Someone In Love. This time around, the Iranian director is moving his focus to Tokyo, where he tells the tale of a confused young woman who develops a sort of friendship with an elderly college professor—a friendship which may or may not help her get her life on a better path, depending on your perspective. If that sounds vague, that’s because I’ve already caught this one when it was touring the festival circuit last year, and I can confirm that it is indeed the sort of film that raises more questions than it provides answers, much like Certified Copy. Though it does it by telling a story that’s more grounded in reality than that film.
Seeing as the specifics of what this film is about are kind of up in the air, what sort of concrete things can definitely be said about it? Well, as the new trailer for the film shows, Kiarostami’s visual eye is as keen as ever, and the way he films the lights of Tokyo reflecting off of windows and in his characters’ eyes is just gorgeous to look at. And the actor who plays the aging professor, Tadashi Okuno, is about as charming as a human being gets in this one. Look at him. He’s like a little gnome grandfather out of a storybook or something. You just want to pinch his cheeks.
Plus, the other small handful of actors who Kiarostami’s screenplay focuses on are all strong too, and like most of his work, Like Someone in Love slowly builds to an emotional climax that can’t help but have you buzzing when you come out of the theater. Oh, just watch the trailer and take in the pretty pictures for yourself.
The film’s U.S. release starts on February 15th in New York.