In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano.
Certified Copy stars Juliet Binoche from The English Patient, who’s always interesting, although the director certainly didn’t do her any favors in terms of shooting her, in terms of really, fairly ugly light. The idea is that she plays a gallery owner living in Tuscany, who, attends a lecture by a Brit, who is William Schimmel , who is an opera star who clearly has a certain amount of savoir faire and charisma, and the idea is that, the lecture itself is on authenticity and fakery in art. She seems to get a crush on him, and he’s mistaken for her husband, and so they decide to pretend that they’re actually married. They discuss love, life and art like a long married couple. And the idea is that, what’s real and what’s fake, and does one have more value than the other? I thought this was a little bit cuter than it had to be. I mean, I like Juliet Binoche in a lot, and I think William Schimmel has a certain panache to him, but I thought it was a little pretentious and overblown. One star.