"Like Someone In Love’ Dir: Abbas Kiarostami
Saw this last night at the Chicago International Film Festival. It has this unnerving and beautiful quality of capturing real life too accurately It’s slow and lingers over seemingly small details. The conversations waver and skirt the tragic and horrifying issues involved: loneliness, desperation, sex trafficking, and domestic violence. The film barely spans an entire day in the life of Akiko, a Tokyo student who moonlights as an escort (played wonderfully by Rin Takanashi). The extent of Akiko’s work is never explained, but it’s enough to make us uncomfortable. It was when director Abbas Kiarostami had lulled me completely into the slow, soft pace of the film; that something unexpected jolted the entire audience. Just as we all acknowledged this surprise, the film ended.
In that brief moment I realized the tension that ran through the entire film. The worry, wonder, and sadness I felt for Akiko.