"Enigmatic" hardly covers the latest from Abbas Kiarostami, the second feature he has shot outside his native Tehran following Certified Copy.
This has something in common with his masterpiece Ten (2002), in that it uses the inside of a car as a place of inquiry and revelation.
Rin Takanashi plays a student funding herself through college in Tokyo as an escort, while her pimp, a retired professor and a jealous boyfriend circle her uneasily.
Artfully composed scenes and the leitmotif of reflecting surfaces suggest the elusiveness of Takanashi's character – she's almost a cipher of passivity – but they never cohere into a satisfying narrative. And the ending should figure in a Top 10 Worst Ever.Reuse content