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A man and woman, looking concerned, kneel next to a retro-futuristic looking microwave.


  Christos Nikou

  United States     113 minutes


Anna (Jessie Buckley) and Ryan (The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White) have found true love. In fact, it’s been proven by a controversial technology that tests the authenticity of romantic love between couples. While the assessment is painful — a single fingernail from each person in the relationship must be removed — a positive result is worth it for many. Entranced by this new science, Anna decides to take a job at the love institute, running workshops and testing matches. But when she meets her new colleague Amir (Riz Ahmed), it puts everything she knows empirically into question.

In his winsome and wryly surrealist English-language debut, Greek director Christos Nikou (2020 ChicagoIFF winner Apples) creates a clever, idiosyncratic allegory about our desire for certainty in love and the infallibility—and frailty—of our closest relationships.


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Film Credits

  •   Coco Francini, Andrew Upton, Cate Blanchett, Christos Nikou, Lucas Wiesendanger
  •   Christos Nikou, Sam Steiner, Stavros Raptis
  •   Yorgos Zafeiris
  •   Marcel Rév
  •   Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmed, Jeremy Allen White, Luke Wilson, Annie Murphy
  •   Christopher Stracey
  •   Glen Basner, Milan Popelka, Alison Cohen, Ashley Fox, Kevin Lafferty, Jerome Duboz
  •   FilmNation Entertainment, Dirty Films