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© 2013 by James Clark

 With regard to Searching for Sugar Man, quixotic and heart-warming factors tend to divert attention from a significant area of its production. Though a resident and citizen of Sweden, director Malik Bendjelloul has Algerian roots, which, in his case, is to say, heightened sensitivity about reactionary imposition. Though a rock and roll TV journalist at the time of landing his big story, he would find in the subtext of apartheid something speaking to him very loud and clear. There the homing device was that primally raw, hard-edged confinement, acting as a catalyst to an upshot of peculiar affinities with an instance of going-for-broke.

    Accordingly, we’ll resist addressing the work of Abbas Kiarostami along lines of Bressonian and Surrealist endeavors, though no doubt he has been most attentive to issues emanating from such predecessors. With respect to his recent film, Like Someone in Love (2012), set in Japan, it is the weight of Japanese patriarchal tradition that rings bells for his production. And so, in tracing the informing source of this film’s great lucidity and power to possess us long after seeing it, we give its due to his Iranian compatriots and the fact that his work is outlawed in Iran. We find ourselves, as with Bendjelloul’s big surprise, thrilled by the investigative motif of atavistic dispensations unwittingly cultivating extraordinarily acute and resolute opposition to their fondest hopes. However, this rather sociological, documentary orientation must not (we’re about to fully comprehend) be pressed as science would have it; and that gets us right into Like Someone in Love. (more…)

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