By Owen Gleiberman
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:49 AM EDT

Thomas in Love

B-
type
  • Movie

Will the television, the telephone, the Internet, and the kitchen sink ever fuse into a single, omniscient virtual infotainment box? If so, no movie has envisioned more cannily what that media-machine hydra will look like than Thomas in Love. The entire feature unfolds from the fixed point of view of Thomas, a 32-year-old agoraphobe who spends all day surfing his candy-colored computer-screen ”visiophone,” flipping from digital-sex pinup to beleaguered Orwellian shrink to nosy mom to fascist escort service to a dating club in which he meets a cuddly alt-cherub (Magali Pinglaut) who agrees to have touchy-feely cybersex with him. The Dutch director Pierre-Paul Renders ingeniously conjures the image of a control-freak society that is sinister in its very playfulness. Renders is less successful elevating Thomas, played by Benôit Berhaert in a variation on Douglas Rain’s all-voice performance as HAL in ”2001,” into a human presence we actually care about. The movie, after a while, drifts into an all too literal parable of the limits of never leaving the house.

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Thomas in Love

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 97 minutes
director
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