[It's Anilogue, baby!]
Beograd, 2074. Edit (Sanda Knezevic) is a psychology student, who keeps failing one exam (apparently, because her teacher wants sexual favors from her and she won’t oblige). To finally give said teacher no more excuse to fail her, Edit gets a stolen military chip implanted, that kinda serves her as an additional memory.
At the same time, Edit works with a young “autistic”* man Abel (Igor Bugarski), who is also a math genius. When Edit sees the Theory of Everything Abel has developped, something strange happens with her and her chip.
Technotise has a fantastic concept and the world building is very good (though it heavily borrows, too). But it would have deserved a better filmic treatment. It’s just noticeable in every shot that this production had no budget to speak of (and not in a charming way), which hurts so much more because the basic idea is that good.
I saw the film in the cinema, and even though it looked very good, the picture quality just wasn’t good enough for the big screen. The whole film was pixelated and seemed made to watch on a laptop. And it didn’t help either that the subtitles were obviously fan-made, riddled with grammatic errors and ill-timed.
But apart from those problems with the showing itself, there was some ridiculous-in-its-obviousness product placement (and from my ex-employer no less!) and it was also a little disturbing that apparently no woman/female point of view was included in the production process at all. If you ever wondered what the male gaze was, watch this film.
But there was a lot of goodness there as well. The concept itself was awesome, but also rather complicated. Which made half of the film exposition (which was frustrating to follow because of the butchered subtitles). Not the most elegant of cinematic solutions, but okay. I can deal with that. Unfortunately, it also meant that there was little space for plot, which is a little harder to forgive and made for a movie that felt longer than it actually was.
The world-building, filled with awesome little details, was wonderful. The way people treat robots and the way this world is shaped by technology felt very organic. I also thought that the way Edit and Edi interacted was really interesting.
And there were some brilliant moments of humor.
Summarising: With more budget and a better plot, this movie could have been great. As is, it’s still worth a watch.
*Writer, do your research: autism is not something that “suddenly happens” not even after traumatic events. Thank you.