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|Genre:||Drama, Romance, Tragicomedy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 126 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Los Angeles in the near future: Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) earns his money writing personal letters for people. Whether for birthdays, weddings or simply the big love, Theodore always strikes the right note for his customers. But while he brings happiness into other people's lives through his work, he simply does not want to succeed with his own life. After the end of a long-lasting relationship has broken his heart, he threatens to be completely overwhelmed by his melancholy. But then he develops a new voice-controlled operating system, which should have a completely new, intuitive and constantly evolving personality. And when he first heard the voice of "Samantha," it happened to him. The sensitivity and understanding of the system and the disarming humour of "Samanthas" give Theodore back his courage and cheerfulness and he begins to fall in love. But is love between a human being and a computer system possible at all?
Spike Jonze, a master at telling unusual stories, consistently continues his very own style in "Her". It's his first directorial work, for which he also contributed the script alone, and for which he was awarded an Oscar. This award is probably less due to the dialogues, which are sometimes very amusing or simply of a certain poetic beauty, but do not belong to the best that was written last year. It is rather the wonderful story that deals with very human themes on several levels, including the most important of all: love!
Almost subtly Jonze creates the image of a futuristic Los Angeles. With locations in L.A., Shanghai and Lake Tahoe and very discreet effects a very special atmosphere is visually created, which on the one hand is very nice, yet also somehow depressing. For in this world reigns a loneliness whose beginnings can already be observed in our present time. The fact that people are more concerned with their smartphones, laptops or tablets than with their environment is unfortunately no exception in our everyday lives, but rather the rule. In "Her" this phenomenon is consistently continued, in that computer systems not only regulate every area of life, but also human, independent personalities are missed. Because of his broken heart, Theodore belongs to those people who live in complete isolation and whose everyday life is determined by an omnipresent sadness. On the one hand, this will be intensified by the complete digitization of society. On the other hand, it is also a computer system that gives its life a new meaning and new happiness.
And here a further, more philosophical level of history begins. It is about the often asked question, what makes a human being human and whether machines can ever be capable of own feelings like love. And anyway, what is love anyway? Can the feelings that Theodore develops for a purely synthetic voice be regarded as real love? These are questions that give rise to fears of very headstrong, unwieldy food. But even though "Her" deals with quite profound topics in a way that isn't necessarily suitable for the masses, Jonze has created a charming entertainment movie in the first place. With quiet poetry, a lot of melancholy and disarming humour Jonze tells the most unusual love story of the last years. And not to be enchanted by her is almost impossible.
The very good, adorably eccentric portrayal of Joaquin Phoenix and the equally successful performances of Amy Adams or Olivia Wilde make "Her" also an acting delicacy. But if you want to enjoy it to the full, you have to look at the original English version, in which Samantha is perfectly brought to life by the sexy voice of Scarlett Johansson. But even in the German dubbed version, the film is a wonderful arthouse pearl for which there is only one possible rating: Absolutely worth seeing!
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