Her (Warner Bros., 2013)
Set in the near future, Her is the story of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a professional intimate letter composer who develops a relationship with an artificially intelligent operating system named “Samantha” (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). In addition to running tasks and reading emails, Samantha’s able to have complex conversations, generate emotions and evolve and adapt through her interactive experiences.
Much more than just a love story, Her takes a deeply rich look into the intricacies of human relationships.The story’s sci-fi element fades into the background as we begin to empathize with the couple as they go through the ups and downs of a real relationship. The unconventional chemistry is masterfully handled by writer/director Spike Jonze and is delicately balanced by the performances by Phoenix and Johansson. It’s a genuinely touching, heartfelt film that should bring about some honest discussion about the boundaries we place on relationships.
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