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The Wonder of ‘Certified Copy’

I watched Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy this evening, and I still don’t know quite what to make of it. The film plays with the viewer’s perception of time and reality in ways that are unexpected, jarring and confusing. Several different interpretations have sprung up to explain the events of the film. All I know is that it’s a film that is well-acted, gorgeously shot, and demanding of your attention. I took to the internet to try to make heads or tails of it.

I hope to share more thoughts on this later, whether here or on the /Filmcast. [Update: here’s our review!] In the meantime, here are a bunch of links that I found valuable in helping me to think through the film.

Perhaps the richest interpretation comes from Michael Sincinski over at Mubi. 

Jim Emerson adds to Sicinski’s remarks and brings in some other knowledgeable critics as well.

As usual, Ebert has what I’d describe as a “sensible” take. It’s one that I initially agreed with, but find myself drifting away from rapidly.

Lastly, Keith Phipps has a beautiful review of the film at AV Club.