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Title and Synopsis Revealed for Spike Jonze’s Futuristic New Film, Starring Joaquin Phoenix

Written by on August 31, 2012 

Annapurna’s slate is quite the little selection of quality cinema, yet it’s still easy to forget, amidst all the excitement, that a new Spike Jonze film is included on their list. Understandable when it’s been a pretty low-profile affair, as we — after a typical round of casting — were only provided with set photos of Joaquin Phoenix resembling your mother or father’s creepy friend. With a 2013 release on the old docket, however, momentum has begun to build and Annapurna (via ThePlaylist) have dropped the first plot rundown.

There’s also this: Thanks to some official sources, we can confirm that Jonze‘s film is going by the short and enigmatic title of Her.

You can sort of figure out the significance when reading the synopsis. And what do you know? That’s available right here:

“In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.”

Months back, there was a bit of confusion on the part of many, myself included, when it was thought that Her would be another teaming of Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. Now, although it most certainly is not and shouldn’t be thought of as such, I can’t help but get a strong vibe of the writer in what’s listed above. This is only meant in the best way possible, of course — right now, it’s just sort of “sticking out.”

Anyhow, Her‘s quick summary leaves me salivating for more, especially when you remember that Phoenix is backed by the first-rate quartet of Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Samantha Morton, and Olivia Wilde. Let’s see this thing soon.

While we’re at it, there’s also a sales poster that, despite its lack of a title, serves as a nice visual companion to the synopsis:

What are your thoughts on Her, as a title and concept?

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