Like Someone in Love

Synopsis: Like Someone in Love I is a Japanese-language film directed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. It has been selected to be screened in the main competition section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Written by Abbas Kiarostami.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Abbas Kiarostami
Production: IFC
  1 win & 5 nominations.
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109 min

I'm not lying to you.

When did I ever lie to you?

I said no.

You already asked me.

I'm with Nagisa,

I told you.

It's the two of us.

In Cafe Teo.

I'm telling you the truth.

I told you already.

You keep repeating yourself.

It's your problem

if you don't believe me.

I'm telling you the truth.

Come on...

You imagine whatever you want.

I swear to you

I'm telling you the truth.

I will let you talk with Nagisa.

Hello, how are you?

It's been a long time.

It's like you are avoiding us.

I was just taking to Akiko

to arrange to get all of us together.

And Mokoto would like to see you.

It's arranged then.

I will put her back on.



But I told you...

I'm with Nagisa

in Cafe Teo.

I can't today.

I have an exam tomorrow.

Also my grandma is here.

I must see her.

It's not possible.

We have a lot to talk about.

Some other time.


I have to go?

Would you go

if someone asked you?

You suspect me again?

And then you will leave me alone?

In that case, I will go.

Good, I will go.

But stop calling.

Phones are forbidden in the toilets.

What a mess.

- I blew it.

- What happened?

He wanted to know were I was

and I told him I'm in Cafe Teo.

I heard that.

He asked me with whom

and I told him "With Nagisa".

He asked me to go to the toilet,

and I went.

And I flushed the toilet...

thinking he would then

leave me alone.

Then he started to tell me

something about tiles.


He asked me to count

the tiles on the floor.


So he can come himself later...

to count them

and know if I was lying.

What a crazy guy!

And then?

Nothing, I hung up on him.

I think he also heard

Hiroshi's voice.

- What a mess.

- It's your fault.

You spoil him.


- Can I tell you a joke?

- If you want.

Two centipedes marry.

On the wedding night,

the male tells the female:

"It's late, I'm very tired

and I've been drinking.

"I'm up to it...

"but I want some help."

What does he say then?

"Tell me which legs

I have to open".

Excuse me?

Did you think it over?

So much time talking

on the phone...

you can't even think about it.

I told you that today...


This is your own life.

I do not want to intrude.

But continuing

with this story...

you will only feel pain.

You will be destroyed.

You must bring it to an end.

Give them to me.

Thank you.

I'm not telling you this

only because of your job.

It's not my fault.

It's hard for me.

It's nobody's fault.

And he is having a hard time too.

I have understood what is happening.

Everything should be made clear

from the beginning...

so that the lines are not crossed.

If one of you two oversteps them...

then it's over.

We are a couple...

it's normal to quarrel.

I understand what you are telling me.

You have told me before.

All couples fight.

But not necessarily, if you have

a healthy relationship.

Or at least...

they don't fight all the time.

Ever since you became a couple...

you keep on suffering.

It's you own business, of course.

But it's also mine.

Thank you.

Only you can decide

whether to break up.

I tell you this

for your own sake.

I know.


What will you do?

I will discuss it with him...

It's not what I meant.

I mean tonight.

I can't tonight.

I have to revise for my exam.

I studied all night,

I didn't close my eyes.

I'm exhausted.

Also my grandma is here.

I must see her.

Lousy excuses.

I could predict the exam...

but not the visit

of my grandmother.

Here you are.

She left me a message.

You can listen to it.

She arrived in Tokyo early this morning.


I don't hear anything.


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Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی‎ [ʔæbˌbɒːs kijɒːɾostæˈmi] ( listen); 22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, poet, photographer and film producer. An active film-maker from 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy (1987–94), Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997) – which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year – and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). In his later works, Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012), he filmed for the first time outside Iran: in Italy and Japan, respectively. Kiarostami had worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor, art director and producer and had designed credit titles and publicity material. He was also a poet, photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. He was part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes pioneering directors such as Bahram Beyzai, Nasser Taghvai, Ali Hatami, Masoud Kimiai, Dariush Mehrjui, Sohrab Shahid Saless and Parviz Kimiavi. These filmmakers share many common techniques including the use of poetic dialogue and allegorical storytelling dealing with political and philosophical issues.Kiarostami had a reputation for using child protagonists, for documentary-style narrative films, for stories that take place in rural villages, and for conversations that unfold inside cars, using stationary mounted cameras. He is also known for his use of Persian poetry in the dialogue, titles, and themes of his films. Kiarostami's films contain a notable degree of ambiguity, an unusual mixture of simplicity and complexity, and often a mix of fictional and documentary elements. The concepts of change and continuity, in addition to the themes of life and death, play a major role in Kiarostami's works. more…

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