[LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE opens in Cleveland on Friday March 15 th exclusively at the Cedar Lee Theatre.]
Review by Bob Ignizio
Akiko (Rin Takanashi) is a pretty Japanese co-ed paying her way through college by working as a call girl in LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE. After finding out that her grandmother is in Tokyo looking for her and having a fight with her controlling boyfriend (Ryō Kase), however, she isn't in much of a mood to work. After riding around in a taxi for some time, Akiko eventually shows up at her client's house. Takashi (Tadashi Okuno) is an older professor of sociology, the same subject Akiko is currently studying. It's not clear if they have sex, but the following morning the old man treats the girl more like a daughter than a sexual conquest, and even tries to smooth things over with her boyfriend. Some subtle connections are made. And then the movie just ends. This is a wonderfully shot and acted film with some real moments of emotional resonance. It's also meandering and vague, and while Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami surely has something he's trying to say here, exactly what that might be eluded me. Watching LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE is still a strangely pleasant, almost hypnotic experience, but for me at least, ultimately an unsatisfying one. 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.