A melancholy tale of the near future from visionary director Spike Jonze, HER (2013) was recognized in the year of its release with an AFI AWARD, naming it among the most outstanding motion pictures of year. According to the official rationale, “HER asks what it is to connect – and what it means to love. This near-future romance is a profoundly relevant valentine to today’s world – a modern fairy tale written and directed by the mind-soaring talents of Spike Jonze. Deeply personal, vulnerable performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson tell the story of one man’s passion for an operating system and her shared joy for him. The inevitability of human evolution is a concept scary to some and embraced by others, but this is art at its most powerful – to imagine ‘what if?’ – and present it with a pure, beating heart.”
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