Now in his retirement, sociology professor Tadashi Okuno hires a college-age prostitute (Takanashi) and finds himself dealing with her volatile boyfriend.
Abbas Kiarostami again proves himself a master of automotive cinema with his second fictional venture outside Iran. The scene is Tokyo, where Rin Takanashi is working her way through college as an escort. But jealous boyfriend Ryo Kase does not take kindly to her liaison with professor Tadashi Okuno. A hint of Hitchcock and numerous allusions to Ozu inform this film of surfaces and deceptions, which sees Kiarostami experimenting with audiovisual mismatches, mirror images and confined spaces. But the story is too thin to support the melodramatic denouement.
Now practically an exile from his homeland, Kiarostami follows Certified Copy with another film-literate relationship drama with the enigmatic overtones of Hitchcock.
Reviewed by David Parkinson