Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Certified Copy

Happy Thursday, everyone! I was going to post my Oscar predictions but that’d have to wait until tomorrow. I realize I haven’t done a trailer post in a while, I guess consistency isn’t my strong suit, eh?

Anyhoo, when I saw the poster for this, I was immediately drawn to it. Fittingly, the trailer also drew me in to the enchanting yet unpredictable love story starring the lovely Juliette Binoche. It kind of reminds me a bit of Cairo Time in that the tentative romance is set in a place foreign to one of the film’s protagonists.

The premise is simple enough: In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French art dealer who leads him to the village of Lucignano. In the role of the English writer is William Shimell, who’s actually an Opera singer in his feature film debut. According to his IMG Artist’s bio, Shimell is ‘… one of Britain’s most accomplished operatic baritones. Since beginning his career in the United Kingdom he has earned an international reputation and has sung in the world’s leading opera houses.’ At first I thought he was the American actor David Strathrain (Good Night, Good Luck), he looks just like him!

The film is directed by Iranian writer/director Abbas Kiarostami, and it premiered at Cannes last year where Binoche won Best Actress award. A few reviewers likened this to the Before Sunrise, but there’s that ‘more than meets the eye’ quality about this love story that makes it all the more intriguing. I like stories that keep you guessing as you watch the events unfold, and sounds like Kiarostami does that here. The gorgeous Tuscany setting is a major plus as well, there’s something so inherently romantic about the Italian town that’ll surely sweep me away.

What do you think, folks? Compelling enough for you to see this film?

15 thoughts on “Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Certified Copy

  1. Vince

    Ever since Unbearable Lightness of Being, I’ve loved Juliette Binoche. I also liked her in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Blue. Thanks for posting it. Good chick flick I would say.

  2. Not really my bag this one.

    Although it does look beautiful, I dont think it will be able to hold my short attention span for very long.

    I wait to be corrected

  3. PrairieGirl

    Looks like a wonderful movie, and a quiet one for a change. I would watch just for the location, but seems like the story is quite good too. Juliet and William look great together.

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    1. What do you mean old people?? I’m offended Castor! 🙂 Y’know I take a mature romance over shallow ones like Friends with Benefits any day.

  5. Binoche often has very touching and emotional films. CHOCOLATE would be my favourite, but I also liked her alongside Jude Law in BREAKING AND ENTERING in which she had quite good Serbian/Bosnian accent.

    1. I love Chocolat, and Depp looks normal in that one. Oh I didn’t know Binoche played a Serbian in ‘Breaking and Entering’ Well, you’d be a good judge about the accent obviously.

  6. Haven’t seen anything with Binoche in it, but I can understand why she won best actress. She has quite the allure and her portrayal of the character, just from the trailer, seemingly draws you into the story. I’ll be seeing quite a few other movies on my list before this one, but I’m sure it will make other folks quite happy to watch! Nice tribute, Ruth!

    1. You should check out Chocolat, T, it’s a good one. I also like her in one of the segments of Paris Je’taime, one of the best in that film.

  7. I’ve seen this, Binoche is breathtaking, she is so vibrant, so believable, so likeable. Good relationship movie about the complexities of love and Marriage.

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