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When Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a lovely Tokyo student who moonlights as a call girl, is dispatched to a new client in the suburbs, she is surprised to find the shy and elderly Takashi (81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno), a committed academic constantly distracted by work-related phone calls. The lonely widower seems far more interested in playing house than having sex, however, and the young woman soon falls asleep. The next day, when the two encounter Akiko's volatile boyfriend Noriaki (Ryo Kase), Takashi plays into Noriaki's assumption that he is actually Akiko's grandfather. As… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"Making only his second film outside of his native Iran, Kiarostami undercuts the rigid protocols of polite Japanese society with intimations of violence."
‑ Michael Posner, Globe and Mail
"Maybe it all serves a purpose, but a movie about empty people doesn't necessarily have to feel empty itself."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Kiarostami still possesses a remarkable knack for crafting vivid supporting characters from just a few details."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"[An] infuriating - but also fascinating - effort ..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"[Kiarostami] almost throws up something magical, here."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Kiarostami's apparent simplicity masks serious complexity."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A Rorschach test of our own responses to the intimate drama unfolding before us."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It superbly plays out as an homage to Ozu family dramas."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Like Someone in Love... is like a puzzle that takes an eternity to complete and yet still somehow contains too few pieces to be taxing."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"This is an intriguing, elliptical affair, the emphasis on reflective surfaces (and off-screen voices) reminding us that we are only ever seeing an opaque refraction of the whole picture."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Kiarostami is masterful in his layering of space, using glass walls, mirrors, and, in one instance, the aligned side windows of parked cars to suggest a world of divisions, both between people and within them."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The latest small, perplexing masterpiece from the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who in recent years has chosen the path of a world director."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"There's some artful fiddling with plot expectations, but the film's evident self-regard makes this a rather undergraduate provocation."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"As an exercise in conveying place, mood and human foible, this is consistently intriguing."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The septuagenarian's most playful tendencies have been liberated and he has started to make films that look like the work of a younger director raised on vintage Kiarostami."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
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