CERTIFIED COPY (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)

Owing more to Borges’s labyrinthine fiction and Antonioni’s film The Passenger (1975) than to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), writer-director Abbas Kiarostami’s Copie conforme is also unlike anything else I’ve encountered. A formally slippery, hilariously funny semi-abstract quasi-romance, it centers on a tourist who draws a reluctant stranger into her spontaneous […]

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010)

The title of The Kids Are All Right breathes a sigh of relief; kids with “two mommies” can grow up just fine. A traditional family is not necessary to raise well-adjusted children. Finely nuanced in its appreciation of human behavior and interactions, Lisa Cholodenko’s L.A.-set comedy-drama (best film, Berlin), which Stuart Blumberg co-wrote, addresses aging […]