Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Nathanson,
Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimell star in Kiarostami’s playful unspooling of the romance genre, set in a radiant Tuscany where nothing is quite as it seems. Fittingly beginning at a lecture on fakery in art, the film follows an art gallery owner (Binoche) and an author (Shimell) whose chance meeting turns into a lengthy afternoon of conversation, sparring, and play-acting, and then becomes something even trickier. Don’t let the Tuscan sun blind you; Kiarostami remains as imaginative and rewarding here as in his Iran-set masterpieces. Binoche won Cannes’ Best Actress prize for her role in this “brilliant, endlessly fascinating work” (David Denby, New Yorker).