Los Angeles. A future not so distant from our present.
Theodore Twombly – played by Joaquin Phoenix –, an introverted and unsociable man, tries to survive in the everyday chaos that surrounds him, even though he is having a hard time after a divorce with Catherine, his life companion since they were young. The only thing that really keeps him busy is his job: he writes letters commissioned by customers, identifying himself in their lives and borrowing their feelings for a while. He dictates them to the pc, and then print them in a similar handwriting to the one of the sender, ready to be shipped and to entertain the addressee. He also tries to keep himself busy with video games and telephone chats, but, at the end of the day, he finds himself once again alone with his thoughts, with his regrets.
But it’s thanks to an advertisement of a new operating system, called “OS 1″ (based on an artificial intelligence that can adapt completely to her new “master”), that he begins to have company. He installs it on his home computer, and here comes a female voice: Samantha.
Samantha – whose original voice is of the beautiful Scarlett Johansson – is like a partner, a lover, a friend and a careful secretary in one person. Samantha is not limited like humans: she has no limits of space or time, because she entertains at the same time about other 8000 people. Samantha is intelligent and able to learn new concepts in a few seconds; Samantha is precise, sensual and understanding. She’s the perfect woman that every man wants by his side… Too bad, though, that she hasn’t a body. While on one hand this could be an advantage, leaving the protagonist (and us viewers) free to imagine her according to his canons, on the other hand, however, this could cause problems (which actually will occur), such as the lack of affection in the couple.
Initially this melancholy man uses her to feel less alone, to have someone to talk to and confide during the sleepless nights and that fills the small void in his heart, but more the time goes by and more Theodore and his new confidant create a deep bond, they become attached until they get to have feelings for each other. Samantha sees the world through the eyes of Theodore, bringing her with him wherever he goes. And slowly the two change each other: he tries to make her more human, while she tries to cure his wounds of the heart and to teach him new things.
But is this relationship real? Can you fall in love with a person just by listening to her voice? And if she is not real, then does really exist the love they say to feel for each other? For romantics, the answer is ‘definitely yes’. The others, people with their feet on the ground that doesn’t rely only on butterflies in the stomach, will say ‘maybe’ or, at worst, ‘absolutely not’.
Theodore becomes addicted to Samantha, who is just as impatient to hear it. It’s a mutual love, sincere and dictated by sweetness that manages to gladden even the saddest moments. They are so much different to admit, in one of the last scenes, to feel distant from one another million miles: her limitlessness looks, suddenly, like an obstacle… You just need to find out if their bond will be strong enough to overcome differences.
Her is a film different from the usual, deeper than what it seems. The man is represented as limited, but perhaps his limitation is a reason of envy for the operating system. The human emotions and feelings cannot be copied, because they’re unique.
Her is a film about an impossible love, one of those which will surely appreciated by the incurable romantics like me, that born and grows, and that, sometimes, it’s forced to finish. But, when it ends, it leaves something. This is a sentiment that has aligned Theodore, that created a kind of dependence on him, but that also has allowed Theodore to understand to be able to love again as before.
A film by Spike Jonze you must see, that will allow you to ask you questions about romantic relationships and it will thrill the most sensitive people.