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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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By D.E.Levine

2010 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Writer: Abbas Kiarostami
Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Adrian Moore et al.
Producers: Angelo Barbagello, Charles Gillibert, Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz and Abbas Kiarostami
Executive Producers: Claire Dornoy and Marin Karmitz
Line Producer: Gaetano Daniele
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: French and Italian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

Beautiful Juliette Binoche is beautiful and talented in this film and that's undoubtedly why she won the Best Actress Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

In a beautiful bittersweet comedy set in Italy, Director/writer Abbas Kiarostami veers away from the photography, poetry and experimental films for which he is known.

A tale about an American writer in Tuscany to promote his latest book who meets a French single mom who's running an antique gallery in town.

She invites him to visit her gallery but once there he informs her he'd prefer to drive around in the Tuscan sunshine before his train leaves.

From their initial trip in her car, a male-female clash begins. She's romantic and he's pragmatic.

During the afternoon she avoids her son's phone calls while coming onto the author. She takes him to a wedding chapel and insists they pose with one of the wedding couples, telling the couple a story about having been married there 15 years before.

After a misunderstanding with some locals, she gets the author to pretend they are a long-married couple and they then proceed to have a series of amusing spats.

The film is more of an art film and will probably have limited draw despite Ms. Binoche.

The author is played by famed operatic baritone William Shimell. He does an outstanding and believable job in his first non-singing role.