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Tribeca 2018 Review: “Zoe” (2018) ★★★★


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What do we humans feel when we are alone? What choices do we make to fulfil that emptiness we have? Or rather, what do we expect from happiness or from someone to see in us what others can’t? “Zoe” is a great film that has its own interpretation of loneliness, challenges the viewer with new feelings and lets the imagination to play with what, one day, I guess will be possible to imagine. Will the machine created to help us to not grow alone accomplish what some of us are lacking – something like love?

“Zoe” follows the head of Synthetic Design Department where he conducts a revolutionary research to help people improve their relationships. During the process they become more loving, it contributes to their essential health and even, which never goes that far though, helps people not get into depression. During one of those researches, Cole closely works with his colleague Zoe, one of the best prototypes with whom he gets involved in a romantic relationship with which leads to a remarkable discovery that in a way is good and bad for both of them.

Zoe is the only version that succeeded at feeling much more than it was programmed. For instance, when the question was asked, “What would she want the others to see in her?” It makes her hesitate and takes a great amount of time to respond to the answer. But she does, though, when she begins to have feelings towards Cole, and the scientist who already had an unsuccessful experience with Emma, another version of the prototype. However, there is something between the two which clicks when they begin living and loving each other in a way only deeply in love people would. But there is one problem though, Zoe is not a human, and when she begins realizing that, it makes her existence even more difficult not only treating herself as an object but the desire to stop what allowed herself to get through her mind.

“Zoe”, written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Drake Doremus, is an extraordinary film about how an imperfect relationship can turn into something amazing. What has been captured or even told in the film was a missing gap to add to the long list of love stories where humans and human-like synthetic creatures can easily adapt into our environment and quickly begin to understand the difference between true love and planted feelings. A strong lead cast and even the performances from Ewan McGregor, Lea Seydoux, Miranda Otto and Theo James make “Zoe”  an unlike romantic sci-fi drama you, I’m sure, would not like to miss.

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