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2012, IFC Films, 109 min, Japan/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

In this spare, haunting drama, an old man (Tadashi Okuno) and a young woman (Rin Takashi) meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of 24 hours goes way beyond that of a part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client. “It’s a thing of beauty with a heart of darkness; the surfaces have never been so alluring, so enticing, so literally lovely. Yet the world [Kiarostami] depicts is one of surveillance and fear, coercion and rejection, pain and renunciation, danger and violence.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

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