'Certified Copy' is certifiably boring

By Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comMarch 7, 2013 

Every couple of years, somebody makes a movie like Certified Copy, so there must be a market. This 2010 character study follows a long conversation between two people. Set in Tuscany, Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) is Elle. She loves a book on art written by James, who is done by William Shimell.

They go on an outing.

The first 45 minutes of conversation is rambling small talk in English, French and Italian. You get her and his views on this and that. Mid-movie, the plot takes a twist when a question leads to what may be their real relationship. Call me stupid, but I never could figure out if they were game playing or if the event discussed really happened.

Not that I care or that you'll care by that point.

Those loving talky ad-libbed flicks like Before Sunrise and Before Sunset will eat this one up. The rest of us will find Certified Copy certifiably boring.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell

Mr. Movie rating: 1 star

Not rated, probably PG-13 for mature themes. It plays Friday, March 8 only at the Battelle Auditorium at 8:00


5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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