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Copie conforme

Certified copy
(DVD - 2012 - French)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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What seems at first to be a straightforward tale of two people getting to know each other over the course of an afternoon gradually reveals itself as something richer, stranger, and trickier: a mind-bending reflection on authenticity, in art as well as in relationships. Both cerebrally and emotionally engaging, reminds us that love itself is an enigma.
Title: Copie conforme
Certified copy
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection : Image Entertainment, [2012]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (106 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet ([24] p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.)
Notes: Includes accompanying booklet featuring an essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire.
Special features include: featurette, 'The report X' (disc 2); interview with director Abbas Kiarostami (disc 2); 'Let's see "Copia conforme" (disc 2), an Italian documentary on the making of Certified copy (disc 2); trailer (disc 1).
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2010.
Summary: What seems at first to be a straightforward tale of two people getting to know each other over the course of an afternoon gradually reveals itself as something richer, stranger, and trickier: a mind-bending reflection on authenticity, in art as well as in relationships. Both cerebrally and emotionally engaging, reminds us that love itself is an enigma.
Audience: Not rated.
Alternate Title: Certified copy
ISBN: 1604655763
9781604655766
Statement of Responsibility: Sundance Selects & MK2 ; written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Credits: Cinematography, Luca Bigazzi ; production designers, Giancarlo Basili, Ludovica Ferrario ; film editing, Bahman Kiarostami ; sound, Olivier Hespel, Dominique Viellard ; line producer, Gaetano Daniele.
Performers: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell.
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1, Dolby digital 5.1 surround, widescreen (1.85:1).
Other Language: In French with some sequences in English and Italian; optional English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Authenticity (Philosophy) Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama.
Genre/Form: French language materials.
Motion pictures, French.
Foreign films.
Fiction films.
Romance films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Authenticity (Philosophy)
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: CC2147D
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Sep 16, 2013
  • eusebius rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kiarostami is a fascinating director, and Certified Copy is a wonderful film. Binoche is at the top of her form, and Shimell (although not a professional actor) does very well with his part. Great experience. The second disk is full of useful information.

Jul 15, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Boring and somewhat pretentious.

Despite the accolades Copie Conforme received from the critics--not to mention the delux Criterion Collection treatment--I came away mostly underwhelmed. The theme of copy vs. original is not filmic but novelistic-cerebral. So what we get is a series of ruminative-illustrative tableaux on the subject of that disjunction. Or, a polarity reproducing itself without ever quite assuming flesh and blood [dramatic moment]. How could it?

The best scene was the cafe table tête-à-tête between Binoche's character and her omniscient, smart-phone wielding son. Too bad he disappears from the film thereafter. Much to its detriment.

Apr 01, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was a disappointment. Although I do enjoy Juliette Binoche as an actress. For me it was too slow and confusing at times.

Mar 31, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Low action film - if you are in the right mood, it is interesting.

Mar 18, 2013
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The entire point of this movie went right over my head, but it's always nice to see Juliette Binoche perform. It seemed like an lengthy excuse for Juliette's character to complain (to a surrogate husband) about her marriage. Pourquoi? And why did William Shimell's character go along with it? If this was supposed to be an examination of what's "authentic" (either in art or in relationships), what do they (and we) learn by the end of their charade? And why did we need to see *4* instances where the characters answered their cell phones during the film? It's annoying in real life; now we have to watch it on the screen as well?

Feb 25, 2013
  • Herve Monier rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Tellement ennuyant... aucune action.

Jan 23, 2013
  • badgirls rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Certifiably boring and confused.

Oct 10, 2012
  • MissPiggy13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fascinating, enigmatic film about authenticity in art as well as relationships. Lots to ponder and discuss.

Aug 27, 2012
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it! Juliette Binoche plays a woman who meets a famous author at a lecture he gives. They meet later up to talk of authenticity of art (isn't an original piece of work, such as the Mona Lisa, a copy of the woman who sat for it? Is any art really original?). Their relationship unfolds over the day. Director Abbas Kiarostami delivers a tale of art and relationships and philosophy. I loved this film! Recommend!

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