"Movies have mirrored our moods and myths since the
They have taken on some of the work of religion."
-- Jennifer Stone (1988)
Mind Caviar, Vol. 2 Summer
Our sexy character Clara,
is computer animated, not to be confused with the acronym Computer Aided
Rendering and Animation (CARA).
Film Channel (IFC) Films
Release August 2001
by Pierre-Paul Renders
by Philippe Blaasband
Benoit Verhaert, Aylin Yay, Magali Pinglault
Action and Computer Animation in French with English subtitles
the Thomas in Love Official
in Love Film Review
"Frequent Net Users May Grow
Reclusive" was the local paper's headline a year ago. I keep the clipped
article on my refrigerator door for a laugh every now and then. It's a
reminder of the danger of jumping to conclusions from ill-conceived studies,
and also that there really is a world out there: the green and concrete
room with the big blue ceiling. The study's main flaw was that you could
replace "Net Users" with "Dog Walkers" or "Macrame Artists" and come to
the same result-- that any activity that takes time away from socialization
must therefore lead to reclusion.
The Net-- the world's infinite
library, theater, telephone, bulletin board, jukebox, and stimulator, both
mental and carnal. It can connect you with practically any other user in
seconds. Most business transactions can now take place over the Net. Before
every company with ".com" in the name went bye-bye, you could order just
about every sundry imaginable. You can be anyone you like on your side
of the monitor. That's an awful lot of power and potential anonymity.
Let's take the "reclusive"
argument above to it's illogical conclusion. What if a person decided,
"To Hell with this," and lived a vicarious life behind a terminal? What
if he had no more use for the world outside and got every human need filled
via network cable? Flash forward to one of many possible futures, a practical
utopia as far as our physical survival needs are concerned. The Net is
ubiquitous--all services are combined, from web access to visiophone to
television. Our subject has for some time not only not felt the need to
go outside, but is also an acute agoraphobe. He is Thomas Thomas, the lead
character of Thomas in Love, directed by Pierre-Paul Renders and written
by Philippe Blasband.
has remained in his comfortable dwelling for eight years, neither leaving
nor allowing visitors. He communicates with family and friends via visiophone,
has his groceries delivered, and is currently under insurance-approved
therapy for his phobia. Apart from his somewhat intrusive mother and friends,
there is no other human contact in his life. His lust is satisfied by a
virtual companion, the computer-generated curvaceous sexpot named Clara,
who doesn't get introduced to his friends and family. She's not exactly
the girl to bring round to dinner, but she is perfect for nightcaps.
years of solitude, his psychiatrist believes that Thomas hasn't yet found
a reason to leave his house just yet, and signs him up for a dating service.
His insurance agent meanwhile thinks that the government-run prostitution
bureau would be beneficial to him. Thomas is introduced to a woman from
each service from afar. Mélodie from the dating service is warm,
open and compassionate, while the prostitute Eva is reserved and brooding.
Thomas is drawn towards Eva, an anomaly in a society of happy and contented
people. He's not sure if he can leave his zone of comfort to find what
may be his missing element. And so the story begins.
The movie is directed from
Thomas' point of view. The audience never sees him in full, but is with
him for each experience that draws him potentially closer to the outside.
The actors were filmed just as the viewer sees them--through small cameras
pointed at their faces and bodies, conversing with only an image of another
||It's a vision of a utopian
dystopia, where complete comfort is the highest attainable goal for the
society. There doesn't appear to be any forethought given as to why this
may not necessarily be a Good Thing. Thomas is in a world where struggle,
strife, and tribulation are shady memories of civilization, but he himself
is yearning for something beyond his mundane existence. In true French
style, his primary battle is with his ennui, his realization of purpose,
and desire to love and be loved. None of his technology can deliver those,
and the audience must discover this truth alongside him.
Visit the Thomas
in Love official website for more information on release date,
theatres playing the film, and more on the movie.
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