Startlingly fluid, beautiful and funny in light and unexpected ways, CERTIFIED COPY bears a startling resemblance to Linklater’s BEFORE SUNSET. Kiarostami is in an elegant wistful elegiac frame of mind here. The love he feels for Italian art, food, and the Tuscan backgrounds is palpable. What is also is striking is that Kiarostami, who has made his reputation as the poet laureate of peasant life in remote northern Iran, comes out of the closet revealing himself to be an urbane sophisticated member of global bourgeois with all of it’s post modern freedoms and anxieties.
CERTIFIED COPY is a minor masterpiece – gentle, comedic and surprisingly romantic – in which memory art and love are ingeniously braided together.