Original poster design // Pedro Demetriou
Prints // shop
Frank (Frank Langella), an aging and cantankerous ex-jewel thief, lives a simple and solitary existence. His son (James Marsden), worried that Frank can no longer look after himself, buys a top-of-the-range domestic robot programmed to improve his physical and mental wellbeing. Reluctant at first, Frank slowly adjusts to life with his new digital companion, and before long sees an opportunity to use the robot’s unique skills to reignite his passion for his old career…
Jake Schreier, USA 2012, 12, 89mins
“A small but perfectly formed tale with plenty to say about the nature of friendship”
“An ageing Frank Langella and a disembodied Peter Sarsgaard make for an unexpectedly dynamic double act in this refreshingly unsentimental geriatric drama”
“A gleefully subversive character study of a charming but unapologetic rogue”
The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara, senior lecturer in robotics at Kings College London, who will discuss why it is so hard to build a robot that can survive in a real world environment.