Juliette Binoche plays an antiques dealer in Tuscany; she attends a talk by British writer (played by Opera singer William Shimell) which addresses issues of authenticity in the art world – why do we ascribe such value to original works when they are indistinguishable from counterfeits – a question that underpins much of what is to follow in Kiarostami’s intriguing puzzle. The two later meet and she drives him to a nearby village; along the way they begin to playfully assume the roles of a long-married couple to an extent that forces the audience to reconsider the nature of what has come before.
Introduction to the film and the season from Ian Brunswick, Head of Programming at Trinity College Dublin.
FILM INFO: 106mins, Italy-France-Iran, 2010, 35mm, Subtitled
Location: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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