Iranian writer-director Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love
continues the filmmaker's recent trend, per his Tuscany-set Certified Copy
, of stories set in non-Persian milieu -- in this case, contemporary Japan. It also reunites Kiarostami with the Paris-based Karmitz family, who produced the earlier picture, and it features an entirely Japanese cast communicating in their native language. That Iranian-Franco-Japanese pedigree may make the movie sound like a curious multinational hybrid. It's no small testament to Kiarostami's skill that the results never feel schizoid -- culturally or otherwise. The film achieves a commendable emotional and stylistic...