Technology is, without a doubt, making our lives infinitely more miserable, and yet what if we could instead harness it for something good? What if, say, we could make the perfect companion to an old washing machine? Stick with us, because that’s the surprisingly charming premise behind Sundance London’s smash hit, Brian and Charleswho won the first public prize last night.
Directed by Jim Archer and written by David Earl and Chris Hayward, the film follows hapless and lonely inventor Brian who lives alone in rural Wales and whose attempts at cutting-edge technology include making a “belt of ‘eggs’ and a ‘bag of pine cones’. .
Next is Charles, an artificially intelligent robot made out of odds and ends that Brian has pieced together, and with an inexplicable obsession with cabbages. Thus begins an unlikely friendship that, as in the best stories of man and machine, makes us wonder what it means to be human.
With the same quirky, dry spirit as Ricky Gervais and reminiscent of Ben Wheatley’s black comedy Tourists, Brian and Charles is a surprisingly moving and fun story of loneliness and friendship, anchored by David Earl’s turn as Jürgen Klopp lookalike Brian.
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Brian and Charles in theaters July 8
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