Certified Copy DVD
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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Produced in 2010
Main Language - English
Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami heads to Tuscany to direct Juliette Binoche in this playful semi-romance. Alex Davidson marvels at the tantalising pairing of two world-class cinema talents.
One of the world’s most renowned directors working with one of the world’s best actresses is a tantalising prospect for any cinema lover, and the highly ambitious yet accessible Certified Copy does not disappoint.
Abbas Kiarostami, the Iranian master who, until now, has never made a film outside his homeland, directs Juliette Binoche in a playful semi-romance between a gallery owner and a stuffy British writer (played by opera star William Shimell). Appearances, we soon see, are deceptive; at a crucial point in the narrative, when a café owner assumes they are a couple, they fall into role-play - or is this, in fact, their true relationship?
Binoche, who won the Best Actress award at Cannes for this role, is remarkable, in one of the most demanding female roles of recent years. Impulsive and affecting, hers is a tour-de-force performance. Shimell, too, in his film debut, perfectly embodies a complex character, as the often unsympathetic yet vulnerable author.
As with so many Kiarostami films, a synopsis can not do justice to his idiosyncratic vision - this shows a brilliant director still willing to take risks, and the final shot is unforgettable.
Alex Davidson on 13th December 2010
Author of 236 reviews
The story of a couple's apparent chance meeting in beautiful Tuscany. He (William Shimell) is a British author in town to talk about his new book. She (Juliette Binoche) is a French gallery owner in search of originality. Together they tour the local galleries, cafes and museums and discover that nothing is quite what it seems and truth, like art, is always open to interpretation. A captivating film, Certified Copy marries postmodern reality games with mature romantic comedy in a single playful and provocative package that also pays homage to Rossellini's Journey to Italy.
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Length: 106 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 17th January 2011
Cat No: ART512DVD
- 50 minute making-of documentary
- Original trailer.
by Barry Forshaw on 16th February 2010
The fact that the star of Certified Copy, Juliette Binoche, won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival demonstrates that there is some justice in the world... Read on
The fact that the star of Certified Copy, Juliette Binoche, won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival demonstrates that there is some justice in the world, as this is a truly luminous performance in a film which makes considerable demands on its two leading players. Binoche's affecting, nuanced playing is more than matched by the British opera singer William Shimmell, who demonstrates the same casual skill at film acting technique as he does when dealing with the music of the great composers. The film takes place over the course of one day in the Tuscan countryside and describes the growing relationship -- both real and imagined -- between two people who have just (it appears) met. In this splendid Blu-ray transfer, the image is both luminous and forensically detailed. Hide
by Robert Hill on 23rd July 2013
This is a very watchable film. The two characters display a worn familiarity when they meet up. Presently they are taken for a married couple and increasingly behave l... Read on
This is a very watchable film. The two characters display a worn familiarity when they meet up. Presently they are taken for a married couple and increasingly behave like one. The nature of their relationship is the conundrum alluded to by the title. An analogy is made with the copy of a painting which, it is proposed, can be treated as a genuine work in its own right. It seems that interpretation is everything. The viewer is invited to observe the couple in the course of a day spent in a small Tuscan town during which the conundrum becomes ever more poignant. It is a witty and engaging film and also beautifully photographed and acted. Hide