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      The Trouble with Being Born

      2020 1h 34m Drama Sci-Fi List
      92% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 19% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Elli is an android and lives with a man she calls her father. Together they drift through the summer. During the day they swim in the pool and at night he takes her to bed. She shares his memories and anything else he programs her to recall. Memories that mean everything to him but nothing to her. Yet, one night she sets off into the woods following a fading echo. The story of a machine and the ghosts we all carry within us. Read More Read Less

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      Sandra Hall Sydney Morning Herald A strange, haunting parable about innocence exploited. Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 2, 2020 Full Review Jonathan Romney Screen International There's more at issue here than mere provocation, with Wollner's complex, artfully crafted, sometimes wilfully perplexing film delving boldly into questions of memory, gender, identity and indeed film language. Mar 18, 2020 Full Review Jessica Kiang Variety [A] desperately creepy, queasy, thought-provoking film... Mar 2, 2020 Full Review Carmen Paddock One Room With A View The Trouble With Being Born raises questions it possibly cannot answer. Its audacious premise, clearly handled with thought and care, raises cycles of ruin that continue beyond the film's 90 minutes. Rated: 3/5 Nov 28, 2021 Full Review Ayeen Forootan In Review Online [The film] is remarkable not just for its futuristic space and atmosphere, but also for how it depicts the relationship of the central house and the surrounding mystic forest. Jun 5, 2021 Full Review Yago Paris El antepenúltimo mohicano An unbalanced, contradictory work... with an evasive and elliptical script. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 2/5 Mar 4, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      cees t Some lonely old people neglecting a sentient android. Typical depressing arthouse movie. 4/10 - Very bad. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Melinoe I thought people were being overdramatic when they criticized this movie, but it really is ped*philic and gross. The director should get locked up. It's very triggering, please don't watch it! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 10/17/22 Full Review clare k This poignant, melancholy film is more about memory than AI, about the stories we tell ourselves, and others, about the past. Beautifully shot, but I found the implied physical intimacy between 'papa' and the android girl rather gratuitous. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Elli is an android and lives with a man she calls her father. Together they drift through the summer. During the day they swim in the pool and at night he takes her to bed. She shares his memories and anything else he programs her to recall. Memories that mean everything to him but nothing to her. Yet, one night she sets off into the woods following a fading echo. The story of a machine and the ghosts we all carry within us.
      Director
      Sandra Wollner
      Producer
      Lixi Frank, David Bohun, Andi G. Hess, Astrid Schäfer, Viktoria Stolpe, Timm Kröger
      Screenwriter
      Sandra Wollner, Roderick Warich, Sandra Wollner, Roderick Warich
      Production Co
      Panama, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel
      Genre
      Drama, Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 24, 2021
      Runtime
      1h 34m