Interface between human and electronic hearts

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Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johannson

Director: Spike Jonze

Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a shy, introverted man who has been emotionally scarred by the impending divorce from his sweetheart (Rooney Mara).

Theodore channels his hopelessly romantic soul into his work at beautifulhandwrittenletters.com, which creates heartfelt love letters for customers who struggle to find the right words.

On the way home one day, he hears about new technology that claims to be “not just an operating system — it’s a consciousness”. Intrigued, Theodore signs up and he creates an OS with a female identity; Samantha (voiced by Johansson) is born.

At first, she takes care of his day-to-day tasks but gradually, Samantha coaxes Theodore out of his shell and encourages him to rake over the coals of his failed marriage.

It also wakes up Theodore, who surfs the crashing waves of first love again, while trying to keep secret the identity of his new lover from friends including Amy (Amy Adams).

Her is the perfect Valentine’s Day companion.

Rating: 10/10