Film Series: COPIE CONFORME (CERTIFIED COPY)
Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami works in the West for the first time in this intriguing story about love and (mis)communication set in Tuscany. Playing with the question of what is fake versus what is authentic, Certified Copy opens with an English writer, James Miller, in Italy to promote the translation of his book, arguing that copies are just as good as “the real thing.” The following day, Miller joins an unnamed woman on a car trip to the small town of Lucignano. After a misunderstanding, Kiarostami’s film magically shifts, as Miller and the woman begin to take on different roles. Watching the two interact, we constantly wonder what the real nature of their relationship is: Are they really strangers? Are they trying to woo each other? In the process of figuring out the true connection of the couple onscreen, we may be left pondering what’s real and fake in our own relationships.