What makes us fall in love on a first date? Could we pour out our deepest memories and desires for an algorithm to build our ideal partner? Will technology destroy human relationships as we know them? Will future androids inherit the ethical principles of flesh and blood people?
There is a lot of fabric to cut to comment The perfect man (I’Am Your Man), a film that at first may give the impression of being mere entertainment in the form of a romantic comedy but that has much more substance than it seems.
The film is based on a short story by Emma Braslavsky. who are in charge of adapting to the script Jan Schomburg and Maria Schrader, who in turn acts as director. You will remember her for her successful and controversial Netflix miniseries Unorthodox.
I’m Your Man trailer
The perfect man introduces us to his characters in full “First Dates moment”. Alma (the choice of her name is not by chance), sets out to meet Tom, a neat, cultured and highly educated man who recites the same thing to Rilke as he flirts with her with the clear intention of attracting her attention.
However, Alma feels a great rejection before so much neatness and artificial size… because she knows in advance that Tom is not human, but an android created based on his tastes to show that it is possible to create “the ideal couple”… and what her artificial intelligence tells her is how to flatter her to hit the spot and satisfy her at all costs, something that horrifies her.
Will Tom be able to understand the contradictions of human behavior? Will Alma somehow accept his prototype? That you will have to discover it entering Friday, July 8 on Prime Video and enjoying this film that, among other virtues, has two stupendous lead performances.
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We talk about Maren Eggertwinner of the Silver Bear in Berlin in 2021 for her performance in The perfect man and a hilarious (as always) Dan Stevensto whom the paper feels like a glove.
Since we saw him in The Guest back in 2014, we would have thought that he fit this role… although that film was much more naughty and played with our expectations to break them. There is no cheating or cardboard here: just an artificial being with a purpose that it wants to fulfill at all costs: to make its owner happy.
But of course, this is very complex and this is where the script starts to get really interesting: what if you get out of the predictable percentages and what you are looking for is a certain level of intellectual confrontation and not so much pure and simple hedonism in your partner? If you are aware of the “deception” does the magic break? Can an AI evolve to develop unpredictable behavior patterns?
Questions accumulate, which means that yes, this film is one of those that makes our gray matter work. It is a reflection on happiness, how to find it and whether it is lawful to treat a property purchased tool as a person (and invest it with the same rights).
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Unfortunately, it is missing to take the intimate plane (very well treated, with elegance, sensitivity and a lot of common sense) to the general planewhere the premise had the potential to cover a wide range of topics: from ethics to praxis or the varied casuistry of results.
It is correct and unambitious when it comes to elevating everything to a broader vision of social significance. In fact, do not expect a hyperfuturistic staging or large expenditures on special effects: What makes Dan Stevens a robot is his bodily expression and control of his facial features (just like Dolores or Maeve in Westworld but without additional digital fanfare).
In short, the perfect man works and it’s exhilarating, although he does not manage to exploit the full force of his arguments. It doesn’t have the depth of Her, but it does have the ability to stimulate our intellect and make us question certain aspects of our lives.
Advice: watch it and give it a second thought about what you are looking for in a partner, knowing that the ideal does not exist and will not exist no matter how hard we try to make it…
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