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I watched this film today at the movie theater. The film is beautifully
acted and directed. I am very glad to see that in Spain we have new
filmmakers able to work within the film industry and still make a great
film in the cinematographic sense.
"Eva" is far more profound than the trailer or the publicity may suggest. It is a deep reflection on human nature and identity. But, and here comes the surprise, it is not a so-called intellectual film.
The film is very well done, and it is an example of a new wave of European cinema that is producing great films without necessarily big fireworks. Keep doing the good job, Kike.
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I've marked this review as containing spoilers because I'm afraid it
might dis-guide you (and it will) or think differently about the way
you approach this movie... and nobody deserves that! At least in not in
But for a summary tag line, my only argument about this movie would be: "This is the first time I'm writing a review..."
Should be enough, but still, this movie deserves more much more than just a pure emotional line from a very simple and common IMDb user...
It's a beautifully told story about the old cliché "Robots vs Humans" (that one starts to think it's going to be) and the differences (or not) between them...
It was the first time I was lead to believe that robots shouldn't be treated differently... and *****MAJOR SPOILER***** the movies final (awkward) seconds just try to prove it! (I must talk about the ending because most of my mates thought it was a bit too much... and it wasn't, it's there for this very reason!)
I can only believe IMDBs poor user rating is due to the fact that Sci-Fi doesn't appeal the mass public...
But its 12 wins & 28 nominations speak for themselves... and many more are to come...
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The story of Alex, a reticent, genius robot programmer, and his
enchanting robotic cat: who return to his home town, at the request of
the director of a university of robotics.
There he must find a suitable human template in order to bring a lifelike personality to a newly designed line of robot boys.
His preferred candidate turns out to be his niece: daughter of his former lover, Lana, and her husband: his estranged brother.
Alex delights in the company of his niece, further complicating his relationship with his sister in law: with whom he is still, very much, in love.
An elegantly told, love story, spiced with mechanical cats and the cutest girl in a red coat since... "don't look now"
I haven't seen any decent sci-films for years. This one came as a very
pleasant surprise. Interesting story, good script, well directed and
excellent actors. I also enjoyed the photography.
As the story unfolded, I was surprised that I was not correctly predicting the outcome. This made it even more enjoyable. I hate it when I can continuously see what's coming - so boring.
I was also intrigued that a sci-fi film had been made in Spain. Not the sort of genre I would have expected.
As a long-term British resident in Spain, I always find it a source of pleasure when, once again, a quality film is made in this country. Too many Spaniards do not value the excellent level that the local film industry can reach over here.
Overall, a thoroughly well made and enjoyable film for any sci-fi fan, and even for any others who will easily understand the story.
This movie is a European take on artificial intelligence- less action,
I found the special effects in this film beautiful and mesmerizing, just enough to engage the imagination in terms of what a robot could and should be and do...
There are two plots- one is that a software engineer is trying to design the perfect robot for entertainment that is free (can do what it wants) and is looking for inspiration in a girl he meets called Eva, the other is that this software engineer is coming back to an awkward situation involving his brother and an ex-girlfriend of his, whom he worked with. Despite other reviews I found it quite well done how both plots intertwined.
As an audio professional I found some sound parts of the film difficult to stomach, especially the party scene where slow-dancing and speaking at the same time-here rough cuts are clearly audible and it's enough to take away from the great use of David Bowie's music in this scene, a real shame.
Beyond that thought I was very impressed with Brühl, that quatri-lingual dreamboat, whom I have until now only seen on German films. It's rare to find somebody who can master and work in fluency. He's definitely found a new fan in me.
Set in 2041, Alex Garel (Daniel Bruhl) is a famous scientific who after
10 years goes to back to his home town to work in his old university .
There the shy genius is employed by his former university professor
(Anne Canovas) to design robot soft ware . Later on , Alex meets his
brother David (Alberto Ammann) , his wife Lana (Marta Etura) and Eva
(Claudia Vega) , Alex's 10-years-old niece . Meantime , Alex is
assisted by a servant-robot (Luis Homar as the sympathetic android Max)
. Looking for inspiration , Alex asks help Eva to be the example the
new robot , and to survey her behavior during the time they spend
together . The cutest girl Eva fascinates him and he soon begins
research so that a robot can take on her personality , making emotional
tests and watching attitude to configure its existence .
This Sci-Fi film contains fantasy , drama , a tragic love story , thought-provoking issues and is pretty interesting . This is an exciting film though relies heavily on the programmer-Eva , Brother-Brother Relationship and the loving triangle is regularly developed . A movie about childhood , robots , love , it has more than its share of beauty , mysteries and wonders . This good picture takes parts here and there from ¨A.I.¨ by Steven Spielberg , ¨Metropolis¨ by Fritz Land and ¨I Robot¨ written by Isaac Asimov . Good performances from Daniel Bruhl as a well-known robot programmer , his friend played by Anne Canovas who brings him a project to create a new line of robot child and special mention to the girl Clara Lago as the muse of the new robot . Furthermore Alex's former lover and David's current wife well played by Marta Etura along with her husband finely performed by Albert Ammann . In addition , the veteran Luis Homar as likable android Max . Mesmerizing , miraculous and state-of-art special effects , spiced with mechanical cats , horse-robots and other marvelous artifacts . Glamorous and luxurious Cinematography by Arnau Valls Colomer , being filmed on location in Panticosa, Huesca, Aragón, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain , La Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland and final scene in Tenerife, Canary Islands . Emotive and sensitive Original Music by Evgueni Galperine and co-composer Sacha Galperine . The motion picture was elegantly directed by Kike Maillo at his best and being hist first film , formerly making various shorts .
The 26th Annual Goya Awards (Premios Goyas), presented by the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, it is "Spain's main national film awards, considered by many in Spain, and internationally, to be the Spanish equivalent of the American Academy Awards¨ gave a deserved Goya to New Director , Kike Maillo , for this above average film titled ¨Eva¨ . Rating : Good , worthwhile watching .
Watching this reminds me of the Isaac Asimov robot stories because it
feels like the world his stories were set in. There's even an allusion
to the Asimov laws of robotics by stating that robots have to pass a
safety test and the cat is illegal because it has free will. The
effects are well done and the interactions look believable. The
animation physics are slightly wrong in a couple scenes but nothing
My main problem with the movie is that there isn't enough character development which makes the motives a little ambiguous. The main plot lines are tied up by the end but there's obviously more going on than is ever told. I get just enough to want to know more and that is frustrating.
The sci-fi is light enough that I would probably recommend this to anyone even if they would normally skip anything sci-fi.
Gorgeous Spanish fairytale set in a realistic not too distant future. Eva sees a robot programmer return to his hometown so he can help program a robot child. First he needs to find inspiration from children in the area.After finding the majority to be boring he comes across a young girl named Eva who just happens to be the daughter of his ex-love. Eva fascinates him and he soon begins research so that a robot can take on her personality, but will her characteristics translate well into the robot world? Eva is a film that remains quiet. It knows its ideas and themes are fascinating and so it underplays them and lets your imagination run away with your own ideas. This is expressed best of all when we are first introduced to the world. There is no huge fanfare or showing off. The robots merely exist in the world with the humans. We first get a glimpse of this when Daniel Bruhl returns home and is followed by a robotic cat. The emotions that are present throughout are truly moving as it asks, in typical robot/man fashion, what it is to be human and can science go too far? Bruhl is a wonderful lead, who clearly gets across his fascination with robots, but also his frustration with them. He really does fail to make the most of his gift, but maybe that is for the best. The cinematography is gorgeous, with Eva's red coat constantly standing out from the snow swept landscapes. An enjoyable and thought provoking drama.
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This is the kind of amazing sci-fi fairytale movie that can never get made in corporatised Hollywood. I loved it, even the overly simplistic robot "programming" by dragging and dropping emotion modules. The hard part would be creating those emotion modules in the first place. I loved the characters in this movie, the acting was superb and the script was excellent. I loved moments such as the flirtatious android secretary near the start. Major Spoiler: Sometimes I am looking for twists, but in this movie I wasn't analysing the plot too much, mainly because I was distracted by the plot hole of the unrealistic robot tech. I wasn't alert to the clues, in particular the extremely clever hint that Alex's prototype robot reacted in a similar way to the emotion-recognition tests as the girl had earlier. The movie has similar themes to the excellent AI, though this movie had much more warmth and AI had a final act that weakened it. If you liked Eva, a darker, obscure movie you should see is One Point O
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I only have few complaints about EVA which was very good, but could have been great.
(1) Unless I missed it, all you have to say is "What do you see when you close your eyes?" and the robots "soul" is destroyed? Since there is a GOD/CREATOR/FRANKENSTEIN theme, maybe only the "creator(s) could "kill" their own creation, rather than anyone on a whim saying the magic words... I didn't see this explained in the film(?)
(2) The relationship between Alex and Eva is crucial to the film..and very complex. At first it seemed like a innocent romantic infatuation similar to Pierre and Françoise/Cybèle in Sundays and Cybele (1962) but EVA the movie is way too short to develop the budding relationship and give it true life. The depth of Alex and Eva's bond is what makes the movie, or could have.
However, rather than 10 year old Eva being a muse to an older man, we find out (spoilers) that being a combination of Alex and Lana, Eva is more a daughter than niece to a distant uncle.
(3) I don't think, despite her guilt, that Eva meant to hurt/kill Lana. It was totally unlike the robot prototype in the lab which had a murderous meltdown and needed to be terminated. Eva was just acting human, and it was precisely the FREE WILL given to her by Alex and Lana, that caused her to react to the mind shattering implications that SHE was not human. Eva was just pushing her mother away in anger, but not with murderous intent. Her inaction on the mountain top was more of shock, and impotence being a little girl. She could not have pulled her mother up even if she wanted to.
This was not an evil deed that need her "death" More frustrating is the father's (Alex's) inability to ask Eva what actually happened and realize that she was not an out of control machine needing termination.
This leads into the more profound themes of the film. As robots evolve to where they are indistinguishable from humans, shouldn't the protections of human justice prevail? Shouldn't Eva have had a"trial" or some therapy like a "real" child? But..it is so easy to kill a robot rather than consider that their "souls" are as sacred as human kind.
The old Asimov caveat of robotic law has a profound and perverse effect on the non-flesh and blood humans man is trying to create. A theme that Mary Shelly knew well enough about nearly 300 years ago.
And what about Eva? If she HAD "lived" what then? Another "flaw" was that the film starts 10 years after Eva was created, and she just happens to be 10 years old.. Does Eva "grow" or will she remain 10 forever, and what are the implications of that? What did the scientists envision for robots like Eva if they WERE successful?
(4) Finally, when Eva dies, what she "sees" is her view of heaven...a robots view of heaven, living in the idyllic world of her human family.
A robots dream... to be a real little girl.....just like a well known literary puppet.
In a larger sense, man cannot create a human from machinery. To be human is to be flesh and blood, to grow old and eventually die. It is what makes our time on Earth have meaning. A robot can be intelligent, it may have a "soul" but it can never be human...and a robotic humanoid like Eva can understand that...which is the paramount tragedy put forth in the film.
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