Alma is a scientist at the famous Pergamon Museum in Berlin. In order to obtain research funds for her studies, she accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment. For three weeks, she is to live with a humanoid robot whose artificial intelligence has been designed to allow it to morph into that of her ideal life partner. Enter Tom, a machine in (handsome) human form, created to make her happy. What ensues is a tragicomic tale that explores notions of love, longing and what makes us human.
The multi-talented Maria Schrader, winner of a Silver Bear for acting and an accomplished filmmaker, has adapted a story by Emma Braslavsky and infused it with the suggestive forces of cinema. Displaying a deep understanding of acting chemistry, she aptly casts and directs her leading pair, who make an amusingly unnatural, failed match. But what more fertile terrain can there be than to study the frisson between analysis and feeling? After all, poetry can make use of left-brain logic too.
Directed by: Maria Schrader
Screenplay: Jan Schomburg, Maria Schrader, frei nach Motiven der Erzählung „Ich bin dein Mensch“ von Emma Braslavsky
Production: Martin Rohrbeck, Lisa Blumenberg
Music: Tobias Wagner
Cinematography: Benedict Neuenfels
Film editing: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Cast: Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Hans Löw, Wolfgang Hübsch
- Nominated for the Gold Bear at the Berlinale
- Awarded the Silver Bear (Maren Eggert)
- Preselection of the German Film Awards
- Second place at the Berlinale Summer Special 2021
- Golden Lola at the German Film Awards