A futuristic cyber-flick about a French agrophobe who interacts with the outside world only through his highly interactive computer, "Thomas In Love" will be seen by many as nothing but a gimmick since the whole picture is shot as if the movie screen was Thomas' monitor. The main character never appears on camera -- we only hear his voice (Benoit Verhaert).
But this gimmick is nothing more than a way to turn two rapidly merging mediums -- film and the internet -- on their ears, and to focus on that aspect alone is to miss the point. "Thomas In Love" is a fascinating, provocative, and surprisingly warm and personal commentary on the direction of modern social obsessions and technological trends.
Thomas hasn't left his apartment or allowed any visitors to enter in eight years. His fear of the outside world is so acute that even watching a video of himself on the beach as child triggers a minor panic attack. He's been living off of generous disability checks all this time and communicates with his fed-up and borderline incompetent corporate psychologist by "visiophone" every day. In a last-ditch attempt to shake Thomas out of his tree, the shrink (Frederic Topart) signs him up for a computer dating service, essentially forcing his patient to accept visiophone interruptions from lonely women several times a day.
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