Named after Ella Fitzgerald’s jazz standard, Like Someone in Love is a droll, elegant and playful film preoccupied with identities mistaken and assumed, laced with references to the films of Yasujiro Ozu. Akiko,a pretty and slightly distant sociology student works nights as a high-class escort. Instead of studying for her exams and meeting her grandmother, she reluctantly goes to the house of her latest client, retired sociology professor Takashi. The next morning, she allows him to give her a ride to university, crossing paths with her volatile boyfriend, Noriaki (Ryo Kase). The latter assume that the kind old man is Akiko’s grandfather, thus allowing an odd role-playing routine to begin, until, perhaps, the hoax is discovered.
Certificate: 12A Distributor: New Wave Films
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, France/Japan, 2012, 109 mins, subtitles
Cast: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase