by Milos Itic on March 12, 2011
(Copie Conforme, French/Italy, 2010)
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Claude Carriere, Agathe Natanson, William Shimel
“The picturesque setting is Tuscany, the couple are Binoche’s Elle and Shimell’s James Miller, and the set-up is slightly different. Instead of them meeting as strangers, Elle goes to hear Miller’s lecture on the book he has just had published, a book that we learn was not well received in England. Basically its idea – and the idea of the film, it turns out – is that copies of precious artworks, like the statues on Florence of David, are just as valuable as the real thing. The original idea is a thing of the past.”
“A French woman (Binoche) attends a lecture from a British author, James Miller (Shimell). Miller has just published a book on the subject of copies in the art world. She leaves the lecture early, but not before leaving her number for the author. The next day he calls to her gallery and the pair travel to Luciagno on what seems at first like a date.”
The book is titled ‘Certified Copy’ and we learn that James is pre-occupied with the idea of what is real and what is fake. Is this a metaphor for the rest of the film?
They debate his book, its ideas, and she flirts with him endlessly while he remains too much passive!!
Binoche won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival and its well understood why.