In our upcoming EcoReporter segment on ‘Fingernails: Film asks, what if a machine could find your life partner?’, we explore the premise of the film and its commentary on modern technology and relationships. The film, directed by Christos Nikou, follows the story of Anna, played by Jessie Buckley, who questions the reliability of a computer test that claims she is 100% compatible with her long-term partner, Ryan, portrayed by Jeremy Allen White.
Nikou explains that the idea for the film came from observing the way people meet and date in the modern world, particularly through dating apps. He believes that there is something more instinctive and genuine about human connections that cannot be replicated by algorithms and technology. While many young people rely on dating apps to find their perfect match, Nikou argues that the element of surprise and chemistry in real-life encounters is what makes love truly special.
The film takes a dystopian approach, set in a timeless era that predates modern technology. Nikou deliberately avoids digital technology and cell phones in the film, symbolizing the idea that love should not solely rely on technology. Instead, he suggests that following one’s instinct and being open to surprise and genuine human connections is the key to finding love.
The film’s unique approach to testing compatibility involves couples sacrificing a fingernail, which is then analyzed by a machine. Nikou clarifies that this is not meant to be a body horror element but rather a symbolic representation of the sacrifices and discomfort that often come with love. By equating the pain of losing a nail with the pain of love, Nikou aims to make a comment on the ways in which technology can impact our relationships.
Overall, ‘Fingernails’ offers a thought-provoking exploration of love, technology, and the importance of human connection in an increasingly digital world. Stay tuned for our EcoReporter segment to delve deeper into this intriguing film.