Set in the near future, probably, the story is about a man Theodore Twombly going through a heartbreak and eventually falls in love with an operating system on his computer called Samantha. In the land of high-waisted pants and talking operating systems with a conscious, the audience gets a glimpse at Twombly’s life through video games, drunk conversations and divorce papers.
I have to say that the intense focus on the human need for love, passion, trust and different emotions in general is amazing. It is not something we talk about openly and now, feeling emotions can be seen as a weakness instead of being human and watching conversations about wanting sex and getting drunk brought me back to how these are real things that people can talk about. People have sex and it is normal, so why should we be ashamed about it? Or be secretive about it?
(The cinema was filled with adults and the atmosphere was so awkward during the phone sex scene and I really wonder why.)
But I really liked how fear was portrayed so raw and true for both men and women. Sometimes we forget that both genders feel and fear similar things, and this is a good gentle reminder that everyone has their fights and successes. Gender does not matter and affect what should or should not matter to you. The fear of losing someone. The fear of losing the excitement in every day emotions and moments. The fear of never being happy. The fear of giving up. My heart really went out to Twombly as well as Samantha during those moments.
Together with the themes that were addressed in the movie, the cinematography was gorgeous and enhanced the emotional depth of the messages. The close up shots of his face – long eyelashes, untrimmed mustache, thin lips, soulful eyes and little blemishes on the skin here and there. The scene on the beach – every grain of sand, shadows and sunlight, the rolling waves and the pastel umbrellas. The images are imprinted in my mind, like beautiful paintings meant to accompany poetry. They capture the atmosphere and the nuances of the words so nicely.
No milking of the moment and no missing out certain details.
The images did the words justice. Definitely have to thank the director and the team for working so hard to bring such moments alive in the cinema and making sure the tale is wonderfully shared.
Lastly, the film left a question in my mind: What is a real relationship?
Twombly was in a relationship with Samantha. Simply because she is an OS, does that mean the relationship is not real? But they feel real emotions, go through good and bad times and they try to understand each other. To me, I think it is a real relationship. And reaffirms my belief that love is universal and for anyone and anything. If the person makes you feel alive, happy and important, that is enough. This is one of the messages I took away from the movie.
Also, how we can love several people at once but that does not diminish our feelings towards the special someone. Every kind of love is different. And love does expand the heart. That line said by Samantha was beautiful.
Right now, I am still wondering if I would be happy living in his world. A world where everyone has little real life connections and only a technological one. If we lose the need for the human touch, will we be better or worse off? Or will we do nothing about it but just crave it at moments, miss it and then simply move on?
I do not have answers now.
But I hope I will one day.