I’m Your Man Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

I’m Your Man / Ich bin dein Mensch

Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Drama
Directed by Maria Schrader
Cast: Maren Eggert (Alma), Dan Stevens (Tom), Hans Löw (Julian), Wolfgang Hübsch (Felser’s father), Annika Meyer (Cora), Falilu Sek (Dean Roger), Jürgen Tarrach (Dr. Stuber), Henriette Richter Role (Steffy), etc.
Letterbox Filmproduktion Studios
Release year 2021
Site IMDb

The film “Not the Perfect Man” (in English-speaking countries it will be released under the name I Am Your Man) was first shown at the Berlin Film Festival. There he received the Silver Bear for Best Actress – this is the merit of the German actress Maren Eggert.

Another leading role in the film was played by Dan Stevens, known for the series Downton Abbey and Legion. And the production and script of the picture was handled by Maria Schrader, the winner of the Emmy Award for her work on the mini-series Unorthodox.

The film introduces us to Alma, a researcher at a museum in Berlin. At the request of the authorities, the heroine takes part in an experiment, during which she must become a tester of a new development. Much to Alma’s regret, this does not apply to work projects, but directly affects her personal space. A woman has to house a humanoid robot, Tom. He will collect a variety of information for three weeks in order to become an ideal partner in absolutely all spheres of life as a result of the experiment. Artificial intelligence in a humanoid shell, created for comfortable coexistence, causes rejection in Alma, but she has no choice – she will have to come to terms with the presence of an android in her apartment.

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First, there is an awkward introduction between a skeptical human and a robot doing banal romantic acts. According to Tom’s data, 17 million people would certainly like his noble actions, only Alma is not one of them. Over time, their communication is more or less getting better, and the heroine reveals her views on life, and Tom continues to show himself from different sides. But can this end in a real romance?

It’s easy to imagine how this film would have been shot in, say, the US – alternatively, it would have turned into a frivolous comedy with an unrealistic portrayal of technology. Yes, and the plot could become a psychological drama without problems, for this there is a good basis with emotional detachment – behind it lie personal traumas from the past, which you don’t even want to share with the car. And science fiction would also turn out – about the socialization of robots that can create pairs with people, saving many from forced loneliness.

In a German film you can find all of the above, but the film, alas, does not find one main direction. It is devoid of pathos in a European way, but at the same time it is heaped up with semantic accents, so it turns out that the picture is trying to be both funny, sad and warning-prophetic at the same time.

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The script seizes on several themes at once, trying to pass off the picture as a situational comedy, in which there is a place for deep life sadness. The comedy component here is very laid-back and not at all exaggerated – the characters practically do not have to hide the specifics of their relationship or, for example, deal with technical problems. Much more the tape focuses on the feelings of the main character, who begins to doubt the decisions made and does not fully understand her desires.

Most of the events take place in the center of Berlin (several scenes are filmed right among the impressive exhibits of the Pergamon Museum), but the heroes also find themselves outside the city – when Alma visits her father, who has dementia. This storyline, like many other moments in the film, sets up some serious dramatic ground, but the director uses it only halfway, leaving a lot of room for understatement.

It turns out that the film tries to be at the same time a light comedy, philosophical fantasy and sensual drama. However, despite the efforts of the actors, the picture lacks the charm to combine all this into one boring story.

 

 

Pros: skeptic-robot interactions; the film is devoid of pathos; shots of Berlin Cons: too many topics in one film that cannot be revealed; innuendo Conclusion:

semi-comedy and semi-drama, which makes an attempt to find out if an android can save a person from loneliness.

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