United States 2013, 126 mins Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams
Synopsis In a near-future Los Angeles, hi-tech, utopian living is the norm and only emotional intimacy seems lacking - or at least for Theodore (Phoenix), an affable ex-journalist now writing syrupy ‘personalised’ letters for those who don’t have the skills.
With his wife (Mara) filing for divorce, he decides to install a piece of software that responds perfectly to his character in the form of the interactive ‘Samantha’. So attuned to each other do they become that romance, adventure and even sex ensue, all facilitated by a tiny earpiece.
Considering she’s unseen, Scarlett Johansson does a magnificently convincing job as Theodore’s make-believe girlfriend. And given that maverick writer/director Spike Jonze (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION) is the helmsman here, the course of virtual love is freighted with pitfalls and sly observations on digital commodification.