The surprise film I saw this month was Certified Copy and I was blown away with how much this movie engaged me. It was so thought provoking, original and was a huge mirror for me to examine my own viewpoints on relationships. I believe this was the point of this film as it features many scenes dealing with reflections, mirrors and what is truth in a person's eyes.
The film premiered under the title Copie Conforme at 2010 Cannes Film Festival where Juliette Binoche won Best Actress Award for her performance. And though I saw this movie several days ago I am still pondering the possible realities of what actually happened between the couple in the film.
Certified Copy 2010
The movie Certified Copy is set in Tuscany and is about a French antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche) and her day with a writer James (William Shimell) who just published a book on the value of copies of art. The couple appears to have met for the first time but as the movie progresses their dialogue and actions begin to tell several different stories.
These surprises are what draw you into participating in the story. How you interpret what is going on may be entirely different from someone else. And as the movie discusses (or argues), how you perceive anything in the world has as much value as another person's viewpoint. On top of that what you see may not be the whole story.
There is one scene where you hear a man arguing with someone. The camera pans over to a man with his back to the camera facing a woman. You immediately accept that he is arguing with this woman. The surprise is that when he turns you see that he is arguing with someone on his cell phone hidden in his hand.
Being open to surprises can be eye opening and even fun. They can help you be more adventurous and shake up your mindset. You can discover new, enjoyable experiences you normally wouldn't have tried. All you have to do is keep an open mind to whatever the world is showing you.
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