Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her performance in this playful and provocative romantic drama. It is the first feature by legendary auteur Abbas Kiarostami (The Wind Will Carry Us) made outside of Iran. Binoche plays a gallery owner in a Tuscan village. She attends a lecture by a British author (opera star William Shimell) on authenticity and fakery in art and afterward invites him on a tour of the countryside, during which he is mistaken for her husband. They keep up the pretense and continue on their afternoon out, discussing love, life, and art—increasingly behaving like a long-married couple. But are they play-acting on a whim, or is there more to their seemingly new relationship than meets the eye?
"If the couple featured in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset got married, grew old, divorced, and reunited, the resulting confrontation would probably look a lot like Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy. Possibly the Iranian director’s most accessible work, this elegant, stream-of-consciousness movie takes place almost entirely within the constraints of a single, two-person conversation. Humming along on the rhythm of its central dialogue, Certified Copy drags a minimalist romance down the rabbit hole of philosophical revelation." —indieWIRE.com