Introducing: Unreviewable Films
We’ve all had this type of experience. We watch a movie, we pay attention, we let it sink in, but we cannot translate what we just saw into our own words. Was it good or bad? The things that happened, were they real or imaginary? That performance, was it great emoting or over-acting? Was that supposed to be funny? Why am I feeling like this? I’ve been at a loss for words after certain movies before, but it hadn’t happened to me in a long time. Well, it was bound to happen sometime, right? The first Unreviewable Film of 2012 is…
… Abbas Kiarostami’s Copie Conforme (Certified Copy). I watched this last night and I really don’t know how I feel about it. I stumbled upon this quote on Rotten Tomatoes and I think it’s the most accurate description of the movie out there:
Maybe I need to watch it again, but I honestly don’t know if I loved this or I hated it. Juliette Binoche and William Shimell are fantastic in their roles, particularly the former, but the characters in themselves are not very pleasant. If it wasn’t for their banter (and the gorgeous Italian countryside), would we want to spend an entire day with them? Besides, they obviously have some mental issues they need to work out (or do they?) There is great dialog, reminiscent of Before Sunrise and the script raises some interesting points about how we as a society value art, but also about how we value each other. However, I don’t know what was the point. Make us doubt if what we’re watching is real or imaginary? Were we supposed to like these people or identify with them in some way? Why is Juliette’s character warm, then cold, then plain crazy? Is she bipolar? Why is that kid so annoying? Why is the author such an asshole to this lady? Why, after all the wait, there is no payoff? This film left me with more questions than answers, evidently.
Have you seen Copie Conforme? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts!