The Sundance Film Festival 2024 witnessed the premiere of “Love Me,” a groundbreaking film that delves into the world of AI, loneliness, and love. Starring Kristen Stewart and Steven Yeun, this surreal and original entry occurs in a post-apocalyptic setting where humanity has vanished, leaving only two surviving sentient devices – an AI-powered buoy and an orbiting satellite.
AI in a lonely world
In “Love Me,” viewers are transported to a future where humanity has wiped itself off the Earth, leaving behind only these two sentient AI entities. The film explores their journey as they grapple with profound loneliness and attempt to bridge the gap between themselves despite being separated by thousands of miles and millions of years.
The AI buoy and satellite, voiced by Stewart and Yeun, embark on an unusual romance, showcasing the complexity of emotions in a world devoid of humans. Their quest for connection and companionship leads them to scour the remnants of human civilization on the internet, where they mimic the often cringeworthy and absurd behaviors they find on the social media accounts of influencers from the past.
A unique perspective on humanity
Co-director Andy Zuchero described “Love Me” as a film that goes beyond the exploration of AI and instead offers a unique perspective on humanity through the lens of artificial intelligence. He emphasized that the film aims to unpack the essence of humanity as it stood in 2024, allowing viewers to reflect on the legacy of human behavior and desires.
Kristen Stewart, who provides the voice for the AI buoy, expressed that “Love Me” is about a world where humans no longer exist. In this desolate landscape, the only surviving imprint of humanity is the performative content found on the internet, echoing the plea, “Love me!” This intriguing premise sets the stage for a thought-provoking exploration of AI emotions and their interpretation of human existence.
As the AI buoy and satellite develop their personalities from scratch, the film takes viewers on a journey through their creation of a bizarre metaverse. Stewart and Yeun gradually appear on screen in various visual forms, highlighting artificial intelligence’s unique and evolving nature as they strive to understand and replicate human experiences.
Sundance’s unique offerings
“Love Me” is not the only standout film at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. The event, known for being a launching pad for independent films and documentaries, promises a diverse selection of thought-provoking cinema.
Kristen Stewart, who stars in “Love Me,” is set to premiere another film at Sundance titled “Love Lies Bleeding.” This film explores a violent and criminal affair between a gym manager and a bisexual bodybuilder, promising to be another captivating addition to the festival’s lineup.
Additionally, Saoirse Ronan delivers a highly anticipated performance in “The Outrun,” a film that portrays an alcoholic’s journey of returning from London to the wild beauty of Scotland’s Orkney Islands in search of healing.