126 minutes, U.S.A., 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

This film closes on Thursday, March 6th.

Spike Jonze’s existential take on relationships is perhaps one of the most oddly romantic films ever made. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) spends his days at work writing love letters on behalf of others while living a solitary existence at home. Life changes dramatically after installing a new operating system onto his computer. This ‘OS’ has personality, empathy, and the ability to develop emotionally.

Theodore finds himself falling for her, and she him. As time passes and the initial excitement of their romance subsides, the problems associated with more conventional relationships come to the fore, albeit in a unique way. It’s to the credit of writer/director Jonze, Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson (giving a wonderfully rounded voice-only performance), that the relationship is not only convincing, but genuinely touching. Complex, quirky and hugely intelligent, Her might just be Spike Jonze’s finest film to date. (Notes by Niall Macpherson.)

★★★★★ The Irish Times  ★★★★★Irish Independent  ★★★★★ Movies.ie  ★★★★★Entertainment.ie

These screenings will be preceded by the IFB-funded short, On Departure, by Eoin Duffy. A poignant and heartfelt animation which attempts to express a personal journey centred around the loss of the filmmaker’s younger brother. (5 mins, Ireland, 2012.)

This film will feature as part of February’s FREE film club meeting, The Critical Take, on Monday February 24th at 18.30. This club is open to all so please join us to chat about this film and more! Simply collect your free ticket at the IFI Box Office.

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