Screen/Society--AMI Showcase--Spike Jonze's "Her"
(Spike Jonze, 2013, 126 min, USA, in English, Color, DCP)
-- Introduced by Prof. Markos Hadjioannou (Literature)
A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though "friends" initially, the relationship soon deepens into something more.
-- Winner for Best Original Screenplay at the 2014 Academy Awards!
-- Winner for Best Screenplay at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards!
"A sublimely original film about human connections that feels personal - yet makes a haunting statement about all of society." - Mara Reinstein, US Weekly
"[A] tender, wry, deceptively modest package - and the closer you look, the more it reveals itself to be the proverbial Movie For Our Times.” – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).