With mixed-to-negative reviews filling the critic box score for this film, hopes of a pending Criterion release may not be ultimately fulfilled, but there is still an outside chance, thanks to who the hell just picked it up.
IFC subsidiary Sundance Selects has just picked up the US rights to Abbas Kiarostami’s new film, Like Someone In Love. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this year to middling reviews, but with a handful of Kiarostami films currently in the Criterion collection, one has to imagine that this is a possible entrant, despite the negative buzz. The film tells the story of a young woman and her relationship with an elderly man in Tokyo.
Jordan Mintzer reviewed the film from Cannes for THR, and says that the direction ‘recalls the late work of Yasujiro Ozu’ and that Kiarostami ‘manages to pull the ‘˜slow cinema’ rug out from under us by literally ending things with a bang.’ However, Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian says that the film is ‘cut off so sharply, I almost wondered if, like Tarantino’s Kill Bill, there is some second part still to come.’ The film currently has a B- on CriticWire with 22 reviews in, ranging from As to the occasional D grades, so this is definitely a polarizing little film.
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