Mon 5th September | 7pm
What makes Her so tantalising and original is that it is as much a story about self-delusion and narcissism on the grandest scale as it is a conventional romantic comedy. It is a sweet-natured and melancholy film, beautifully directed, that manages to be satirical about love in a digital, distracted age without losing its heartfelt quality.
The basic plot is simple enough – a man falls in love with his new computer operating system. We’re in Los Angeles in the near future. Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is going through a divorce to his childhood sweetheart, Catherine (Rooney Mara), a successful writer. His job, at which he is extremely skilled, is writing love letters for other people.
However there exists in Her a much darker message and insight into the trajectory of the human species in relation to smart technology. Her predicts not only our depressing, masturbatory use of computers as a crutch for the soul, but posits that our smartphones will outsmart us and in a paradoxical way become more human than humans themselves. It sees us consumed by the need for validation, the desire for every experience to be shared and succumb to self-obsession, it being notable that Theodore doesn’t even seem bothered by the fact that his new girlfriend lives to serve him and completely subordinates herself (itself?) to him.
2014 | CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 125 MINUTES