Empire Online: Certified Copy Review

Empire Online: Impeccably photographed, philosophically provocative and mischievously rom-comic, Abbas Kiarostami’s non-Iranian bow is a simmering pastiche of bickering couple pictures from Roberto Rossellini’s Voyage To Italy to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset. Using mirrors and shifts of perspective to ensure that nothing is as it seems, Kiarostami sends English academic William Shimell and French antique dealer Juliette Binoche on a Sunday odyssey to the Tuscan hilltown of Lucignano, where they debate originality, authenticity and value while keeping the audience (and themselves) guessing about the nature of their relationship.

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