- Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti, Adrian Moore, Angelo Barbagallo, Andrea Laurenzi, Filippo Trojano
- Director: Abbas Kiarostami
- Writer: Abbas Kiarostami
- Producers: Angelo Barbagallo, Charles Gillibert, Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz, Abbas Kiarostami
- Executive Producers: Claire Dornoy, Marin Karmitz
- D.O.P.: Luca Bigazzi
- Editor: Bahman Kiarostami
- Makeup: Fabienne Robineau
- Production Designs: Giancarlo Basili, Ludovica Ferrario
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English novelist meets a female French art gallery owner who leads him to the village of Lucignano.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Tuscany, Italy
- MPAA Warning: Some thematic material
- Production Budget: €7 million
- Production Companies: MK2 Productions, BiBi Film, Abbas Kiarostami Productions, France 3, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Toscana Film Commission
- Production Schedule: May 2009 - June 2009
2011 Guide Analysis: "Having already opened across most of the world this year, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's talk-driven feature scored Juliette Binoche a Best Actress award in Cannes and has received strong reviews in many publications. Despite what you may think, the dialogue is English and the setting is Tuscany where Binoche and British opera singer William Shimell engage in long and quite personal conversations deconstructing how perspective can affect our emotional reactions to art, life and love.
More interesting is how this strongly humanist director deals with the relationship of the two - are they friends, husband & wife, estranged lovers? Those who like neat and tidy answers will loathe this film which is all about stripping away the built-in prejudices and expectations we place on things and just enjoying them for what they are - a tougher thing to do than you might expect.
It's an adult film, for adults, that indulges itself in emotional and academic shades of grey like a cat stretching out on a fur rug. A puzzling film in no hurry to be solved, and for that it deserves a lot of respect. IFC Films will release it around March in the U.S., more exciting though will be a potential Criterion release later in the year."