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Certified Copy(Copie conforme)

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France, Italy, Belgium

2010

1h46

Abbas Kiarostami

Director

Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson

Stars

Drama, Romance

Genre

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In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. His book is about the value of copy versus the original work of art, and as they debate his theories, their relationship grows more complicated.

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Movieline by

There's an enchanting, and very Western, musicality in Certified Copy, a mash-up that charms; Mad Decent - master masher, dj and producer Diplo's label - aptly describes it. (Diplo and Buñuel would've loved each other).
80

Time Out by David Fear

Her (Binoche) award-winning performance is reason alone to dive into such intellectual gamesmanship. (She can suggest an entire emotional arc with one facial tic.)
91

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

A comedy of remarriage buried in intellectual abstraction and cinephilic obsessions, Certified Copy wanders a bit but never loses focus, with the only certainty being that its gimmick is genuine.
90

Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy is exactly that: The Iranian modernist's first feature to be shot in the West is a flawless riff on our indigenous art cinema.
100

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Though it's dominated by two people walking and talking, after a point it's as difficult to parse what's real and what's constructed in Certified Copy as it is in the home stretch of "Inception" (although "Before Sunset" and Roberto Rossellini's "Journey To Italy" provide closer models).
70

Variety by Rob Nelson

More compelling as an intellectual exercise than an emotional one, Certified Copy finds deep-thinking writer-director Abbas Kiarostami asserting there's nothing new under the Tuscan sun, particularly not his own conventional romantic drama set in rural Italy.

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