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TIFF Review: ‘I’m Your Man’ Puts a Sci-Fi Spin on a Familiar Rom-Com Scenario

September 27, 2021Ben MK

There's no question that technology has drastically altered the way we live our lives. From online shopping to online dating, the very same types of algorithms meant to help us choose which products to buy next are being used to help us determine potential partners, and it can sometimes feel like the wedding aisle and the grocery aisle are one and the same. But what if you no longer had to worry about finding that ideal partner — what if the perfect partner could simply be programmed?

A scientist whose area of expertise lies in decoding ancient languages, Dr. Alma Felser (Maren Eggert) doesn't have much time for — or interest in — relationships, let alone romantic entanglements. So when she's presented with the chance to help evaluate a new, state-of-the-art android named Tom (Dan Stevens), who's capable of mimicking a real-life human partner in every way imaginable, Alma approaches the opportunity with a healthy dose of apprehension and her usual level of cynicism. Little does she realize, however, just how much more there is to the handsome and charming Tom than meets the eye. And as Alma and her ultra-realistic boyfriend simulator begin to spend more and more time together, she slowly begins to realize just what she's been missing.

Directed by Maria Schrader, the result is a wry yet thoughtful look at what it means to be human, as well as what it means to be in a relationship. Yet, it's I'm Your Man's depiction of what it means to be lonely that will resonate the most with viewers. Suffice to say, the film perfectly captures the feeling of longing that comes along with being unattached. Anyone who's ever found themselves pining for companionship will be able to relate.

I'm Your Man screens under the Special Presentations programme at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 48 min.

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