I'm Here

Directed by Spike Jonze (imheremovie.com) Soundtrack by various artists (Chocolate Industries)

Ignore that this Sundance short film is sponsored by a vodka company, tagged "A Love Story in an Absolut World," or that it originally appeared online in March (eons ago in internet world), this sweet story about a robot---a cross between your mom's PC and a Lego man---and his clumsy crash-test dummy girlfriend gets a second life thanks to the release of its soundtrack. Spike Jonze, along with Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola and the other hipsterville directors, have so carefully crafted of-the-moment soundtracks, it's impossible to separate sight from sound. Jonze's brother, Sam Spiegel, composed I'm Here's score, a pale, watery piece that floats along effortlessly, adding lightness to the robots' clunky limbs. Besides songs by Animal Collective, Sleigh Bells and Of Montreal, there's the fake band The Lost Trees, and an ethereally pretty collaboration between ASKA, Flea and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) that begs for multiple views and listens.

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