I'm Your Man

2021

Comedy / Romance / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 630

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October 11, 2021

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Dan Stevens as Tom
Sandra Hüller as Employee
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Horst_In_Translation 8 / 10 / 10

Something that truly stands out from the mediocrity of most German films these days

"Ich bin dein Mensch" is a German German-language film from this year 2021, very fresh release, and this one goes by the title "I'm Your Man", which is not exactly what the German original title says because here in my country the literal translation for these 105 minutes would be "I'm Your Human". By the way, you can also ask the question if these words are said by the male or female protagonist here. Anyway, I initially had on my mind to watch "Schachnovelle" the other day, but I saw that the latter is still showing in many, many theaters while this one here is slowly running out. So I went for this one and did not regret it one bit. The night before, this film won really big at the German Film Awards, took home Best Lead Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Direction and Best Film and it was a bit of a surprise because it was not at all the film that scored the most nominations. The director and one of the writers is Maria Schrader. She was an actress in the first place, but managed an utterly successful transition to filmmaking in the last couple years that brought her even a Primetime Emmy trophy in America and is one reason why she is now working on recent Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan's newest film as the woman in charge. I also really liked Schrader's Stefan Zweig film starring Josef Hader, but now let's really talk about this one here. Maren Eggert is the lead actress and she was okay, but not the shining force I would have expected from the German Film Award win. Schrader's international impact also comes through because the male lead here is played by Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey. He would also have deserved a German Film Award, but glad he was at least nominated. He was just as good as his female counterpart here. Interesting explanation also why there is a robot with an English voice in here and fitting casting decision for sure. Then there are Hans Löw and Sandra Hüller that most German film buffs will immediately recognize because of their work in the past. Jürgen Tarrach is also easy to identify as always and he only has one scene in the end, but plays a character who would deserve his own movie. So what is all this about? We have a woman here, fairly successful with her job, but struggling a bit with romance and finding a partner, even if she does not want to admit it probably. She takes part in an experiment to partner a robot created in a way that suits her desires and what she is looking for in a man, but she does her best to stay emotionally uninvolved early on. Or does not have a lot to do so. This is also due to the robot collecting data on her early on already to understand her in a better way. Making mistakes in the process. For example the flowers and special light at the bathroom are really not what she is looking for in a relationship. But of course, as the film progresses, she gets closer to the "man" and romantic feelings come to light. This is especially symbolized by how she talks about him to other people. Like we have her boss on one occasion there and he treats the robot really like a thing and she is not too happy with it and makes herself very clear too. But the real scene stealer there was Stevens because of how he (or should I write "it" instead?) talks like a really stupid and unevolved robot there in one of quite a few comedic moments this film has to offer. I also liked the opening. We are thrown right into the action as we see the two protagonists meet right away, but there is a malfunction and this gives us the chance to find out about Eggert's character and her life for a while before Stevens' character reenters the picture. There was some great wit to all of this. Like take a look at how he organizes the apartment for her and how she is not happy about that at all and how he responds he can turn it into the way it was within minutes again and so he does and he moves so quickly there, so of course we know he is not a human. The window can stay clean though. Another funny moment. Still, I cant even explain why, I developed the idea that maybe Stevens' character is not really a robot and that is some plot twist towards the end, but I was wrong of course. He is a robot. Such a twist would maybe also not have been the greatest of ideas, even if I think Schrader also could have pulled this off with her screenplay. I should also mention Jan Schomburg, the co-writer, and Emma Braslavsky who wrote the original short story this film is based on. It's not 100% Schrader. One of my favorite scenes from the dramatic perspective was towards the end when we have Eggert's character end the relationship you could say with her speech on how all she does is just insane and how she is really just talking to herself. Good delivery of course, but also mesmerizing writing there with the exact words and meaning to them. Just like Stevens' delivery when he responds twice with a question à la where will he go then. He is not alive, he does not have human rights or something. He is just an item, no matter how human he may seem. This is what I cared about much more than the two getting together: Stevens' character finding his place in this world, even if he is not a human and even if his only purpose to "exist" somehow was to make Eggert's character happy. So there is not really a purpose to him in this world if he just leaves and runs away in order to avoid being sent back to his factory. This factory is kinda linked to Hüller's character. There is the potential twist I mentioned earlier, just the other way around, namely that she is also a robot and is probably some kind of experiment herself in the first place and a supervisor only in second place. By the way, Stevens does not need Eggert to shine here. Take the entire cafè scene as evidence. The big issue with this movie is really to what extent machines can replace humans, not just industrially, but also in terms of society. I mean you could think that it is still a sad tendency, but if you see the scene with Tarrach's character and his robot in the end, is it really all a bad thing? Difficult to debate. Maybe some humans are better than humans from some perspective. Even if you have to invent a past for them. Not just because they are smarter, but also because they can be more empathic (look at how humans beat up an old man), more tolerant and more caring simply. But is that because they deny their own self-worth. Because they don't have one? There is no yes or no to this question, no black or white, just like it is with everything connected to this movie. Very fitting that the ending is open as well. Good decision. No definite solution could have felt right really. The two meet again, but we don't know how things will develop. Another memorable scene is when the protagonist is drunk because of her anger over her pointless project (by the way, the robot finding this out and also mentioning letters etc. From a poem very early on shows us that he was not human, so I was highly wrong and should have recognized myself, even if half of what I just wrote was before he got recalibrated) and things get sexual in the evening actually and how she talks to him shows that she does not really respect him that much (yet?) at that point. I am not sure this scene could have worked the other way around, especially when it came to talking the looks and size of genitals, seeing the character as a sex doll basically. Referring obviously to #metoo still being all over the media here in Germany as well. But back to lighter moments: We see how competently Stevens' character deals with a pregnant woman who loses her consciousness and also how at an earlier stage he perfectly calculates the way a painting fits into a car. Or how he walks while carrying it compared to Löw's character. How they check the street for other cast. Nothing is a coincidence here. Everything is competence. So no matter if you take drama or comedy, this film is always a winner. On the more dramatic front, I must also mention the miscarriage idea here that shows us the drama attached to the female protagonist long before the film started. We see her grief there and even with this being such a spontaneous inclusion, it never felt rushed, maybe also with the way how Stevens' character elaborates on it walking the fine line between realism and emotion again. Thinking of scenes like this one, I believe I have come to the conclusion that Stevens was the MVP from the cast here and not Eggert, even if both did a pretty good job. Would have been cool for him to win his German Film Award too and the film go 5 out of 5, but Masucci's Fassbinder was fine as well. Okay, that is it then I guess. Overall, one of my favorite films from 2021 and it will probably stay that way when I have seen all major awards contenders. This one also has a really good chance to stay my favorite German 2021 film in the sense that it will not be overtaken by another German(-language) movie. I believe this will be also very good on rewatch somehow. You will always discover something new. I am really glad Schrader went into filmmaking and it's pretty impressive what she has been up to lately. A bit of a pity that she did not start her work behind the camera a little earlier, but I am positive we can be getting films like this one from her for at least another 15 years. Maybe 20. So all is good. Massive thumbs-up for "Ich bin dein Mensch". This is so much better than the vast majority of German films these days. The German Film Awards definitely made the right choice by handing it four major awards. Kinda fitting her co-writer almost begged her to come back from Hollywood to Germany because German film needs her badly. Go see the outcome here, no matter if with or without subtitles. This film is everything that "Ex Machina" isn't and it may even be closer to 5 stars out of 5 than to 3 stars out of 5 for me now. Incredibly smart and witty and entertaining and, most of all, deep movie. Do not miss out under any circumstance.

Reviewed by CinemaSerf 8 / 10 / 10

Everything comes with a barcode...

Aside from being a very handsome man, Dan Stevens herein proves he can also make a decent fist of playing a German robot too! Annoying, isn't he? Maren Eggert is a scientist who, in order to secure funding, agrees to take part in an experiment by which she is partnered with an android programmed to satisfy her "every" need. Naturally sceptical, she has him in her apartment and they embark on quite a few lively escapades as their relationship develops, and he is introduced - with varying degrees of success - to her family and friends. It's a gently paced comedy, this - with a fun script, two really engaging performances and in a curious sort of fashion, it is a little though provoking. If we could order our ideal partner from Amazon, just how perfect would we want them to be? The ending was just a touch to cheesy for me, but overall I still quite enjoyed it.

Reviewed by Pairic 8 / 10 / 10

An Android In Love

I'm Your Man: Another film about A. I., consciousness, love and relationships. Basically a romantic drama. Alma (Maren Eggert) is an archaeologist who agrees to beta test an android, Tom (Dan Stevens) who is programmed to be the perfect fit for her emotionally and intellectually. After a couple of teething problems she takes him home but grates at his suggestions. An odd coupe indeed in spite of supposedly being the perfect match. How things between them develop is moulded by Alma's personal and professional life. Her father is ageing and won't admit that he can't cope, Alma grieves over a miscarriage she suffered during a past relationship and her former partner is very much around. Even Alma's childhood is relevant to the narrative. Quite funny but also serious at times in how it deals with people being treated as objects and denied agency. In some ways this is a reverse Stepford Wives. Directed/Co-written by Maria Schrader. 8/10.

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