From director Maria Schrader (Unorthodox) comes a rom com with a twist. Starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) & Maren Eggert (Berlinale Silver Bear winner), a scientist partakes in an extraordinary experiment: she must live with a humanoid romantic partner for 3 weeks, made specifically for her
Alma (Maren Eggert) is looking for a relationship on her terms but finding it tough. Then, one night in a bar, the academic encounters Tom (Dan Stevens). He’s good looking, charming, can quote Rilke by heart and does a mean rumba on the dancefloor. It all seems too good to be true. And it is. When a glitch in his system finds him repeating an action, it’s made clear that Dan is an android. But he is who has been designed specifically to Alma’s tastes.
Maria Schrader’s satire begins where most high concept film ends. The ability to create a facsimile of a human is a given. It’s in the day-to-day interaction between Alma and Tom where the filmmaker explores the nature of human relationships. And Stevens impresses here as a model whose adaptability finds him responding to Alma’s shifting behaviour, learning that our most petty traits are just as responsible as our more admirable ones in making us human. Schrader finds the perfect balance between high concept and comedy, aided in no small part by her leads, along with “Toni Erdmann’s” Sandra Hüller who plays one of the people who oversee the creation of this new species.