Run time: 102 mins
Robots in films don’t always have to wage war with humanity; as I’m Your Man poses, perhaps, sometimes they can be lovers too.
We’re in near-future Berlin; the last thing that academic Alma (Maren Eggert) wants, following a messy breakup with a colleague, is a man. But in order to gain funds for her own research, she is persuaded to take part in a trial: for three weeks, she must live with Tom (Dan Stevens), a synthetic humanoid – precision-tooled to be her perfect companion. After a rocky start, after duly dismissing this soulless adventure in existential convenience, Alma inevitably comes to think that there could be something to it. In rejecting Tom, is she simply preferring the headache to the painkiller?
There’s unexpected depth to this sci-fi rom-com, the blossoming romance between woman and machine is easy to be swept up in – hard to imagine anyone resisting Steven’s charms, of course. It asks questions about loneliness and a world where algorithms can know us better than our human partners ever could. Just like its mechanical hero, I’m Your Man is tender, smart and cunningly programmed to win your heart. (Jack Whiting)