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I'M YOUR MAN

I'M YOUR MAN

Maria Schrader · Germany · 2021 · 109 mins · PG · German and with subtitles
Awards IMDb7895%

Rated 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and winner of the Best Acting Performance at the Berlin International Film Festival

In Berlin, single anthropologist Alma (Maren Eggert) agrees to take part in a cutting-edge experiment by bringing home a suave, blue-eyed robot, Tom (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), who has been designed by computer scientists to emulate her perfect life partner. But can his algorithms match the complexity of her human heart?

Maria Schrader (director of Netflix’s Unorthodox) has drawn a touching romance from this science-fiction scenario, dotted with disarmingly dreamy moments and a line of philosophical inquiry that recalls Spike Jonze’s Her.

Dan Stevens, with his ice-blue eyes and English-accented German, leans into the uncanny comic possibilities of Tom, all coolly ingratiating charm as he attends to his new owner’s every perceived need, whether preparing a “romantic little brunch” or tidying her flat in seconds. As Alma, Eggert offers a recognisably damaged woman who has retreated into work after a heartbreak, wary of any new intimate connection. Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann) brings off-kilter humour as the impish robot procuress who hooks them up. Alma’s research uncovers unexpected poetry in ancient texts, but can she also find romance dwelling in Tom’s sophisticated circuits? Benedict Neuenfels’ cinematography uses the glare of sunlight, streetlamps and gleaming white walls to mimic the scrutiny placed on this experimental affair, while Schrader’s screenplay systematically decodes each line of Alma’s sentimental programming.

I’m Your Man is science-fiction with soul and a romance written for adults. Just like its mechanical hero, this tender film is attractive, smart and cunningly designed to win your heart.—Empire Magazine

“The film is poetic in its turn, as well as deliciously funny”—Wall Street Journal

“Never... has the evolution of an automaton been depicted with the extensive grace and wit that Dan Stevens, speaking good German with a slight British accent, brings to "I'm Your Man."—The New Yorker

Cast Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Maren Eggert
     
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