Hi, today I’m reviewing Certified Copy, a movie that a group that I participate in at the Anne Arundel County Public Library discussed not so long ago.

Yeah, this was really an interesting experience for me because I think I made a lot of assumptions when I was watching this and I kept thinking, geez, what a clever script this is. And then the group discussion took place and every assumption that I had was suddenly challenged and it was like, oh my God, were we watching the same movie? Do I even know what’s going on here? It’s the kind of movie that … it presents two people who seem to be meeting maybe for the first time, maybe not.

Scenes from a pretend book signing. The kind that most authors don’t have. :) (Image via Roger Ebert)

I know that uncertainty was always there, but it’s just that I chose to see things in a certain way, and then something happens and it just spins everything around on you. And it’s like maybe these people do know each other from before, or maybe not. Maybe they’re all just pretending. It’s very weird that way. And in a sense, what their relationship actually is in a way, doesn’t matter because what the movie, I think is trying to get at is when are people being real and when are they being fake, and what’s the difference? Is there a difference?

Aren’t they adorable? Or are they? (Image via Phil on Film)

I don’t know. It makes you ask questions like that. So maybe for that reason alone, it’s worth watching. Just be prepared to be confused, but talk with somebody about the movie, because what you think of this movie as being may be totally different from what somebody else might interpret it as. So that’s all I’ll say. It’s, it’s well worth watching for that reason alone. Just a very interesting, strange movie, but I can’t say I disliked it because I was truly interested in what was going to happen. And that’s all I have to say. Talk to you later.

PS: Here’s the trailer! Not that it helps any. :)


Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Produced by Marim Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, and Angelo Barbagallo
Written by Abbas Kiarostami



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Debbi Mack

New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website: www.debbimack.com.