Ich Bin Dein Mensch
In order to obtain research funds for her studies, a scientist accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment: for three weeks, she is to live with a humanoid robot, created to make her happy.
Archaeologist Alma (Maren Eggert, Silver Bear-winner for Best Acting Performance at the 2021 Berlinale) works at Berlin’s famed Pergamon Museum. In order to receive some extra funding, she agrees to take part in a strange study wherein she will live with Tom (Dan Stevens, from ‘Downton Abbey’), a handsome robot, whose AI system has been programmed to learn and adjust, based on Alma’s needs and desires. Needless to say, this situation is ripe for comedy, and director Maria Schrader takes full advantage of the possibilities. What is surprising, however, is how profoundly the film explores loneliness, desire, and the plight of the professional (and single) woman. Don’t be surprised if you’re rooting for the couple by film’s end…
‘There’s unexpected depth to this smart, Berlin-set relationship comedy. Unlike the similarly themed AI/human romance Spike Jonze’s “Her”, “I’m Your Man” [the English title] opts for an unshowy, real-world aesthetic and a less cynical outlook. But it asks pertinent questions about loneliness and a world in which algorithms can know us better than our human partners ever will…’—Wendy Ide, The Guardian
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