Lion director Garth Davis has directed a rather intriguing psychological scifi drama, Foe, that drops this week on OTT. The film features Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal as the lead couple.
Garth Davis’ Foe, which had a theatrical release on October 6, 2023, will be premiering on OTT this week. The film will drop on January 5, 2024, on Prime Video and can be viewed with an Amazon Prime subscription. A psychological sci-fi drama, the film unfolds in a near-future dystopia, with robots replacing humans left and right and relationships delicately clinging to one another, like the last leaf of a skeletal tree.
Foe stars Saoirse Ronan as Henrietta, Paul Mescal as her husband Junior, and Aaron Pierre as Terence, a suspicious government official. Its screenplay was written by Ian Reid (author of the original, eponymous book) and director Davis himself. The film’s arid landscape and futuristic dystopia are avidly captured and portrayed by cinematographer Mátyás Erdély.
The film follows humanity into a dystopic future that is lifeless and arid, facing adverse climate change and extinction if not for an alternate solution. But then it zeroes in on the collective existential crises of the population and focuses on the marriage of Junior and Henrietta instead.
Junior and Henrietta are a couple that have begun losing the spark in their marriage. Their love seems as parched as their dusty land. However, their lives are electrified by the entry of a stranger, Terence, who claims to be a government official with an exclusive mission for Junior. Be one of the first inhabitants of a new spaceship oasis that the government and private investors are funding and revolutionise the future of humanity. But it comes at a cost.
Junior will have to leave his wife behind and stay in space until his mission ends. But the irony lies in the fact that his wife will not be left all alone. Terence assures an unsettled audience that Hen will have company in a flesh-and-blood clone of her husband. Despite marital problems and stagnancy, which spouse would like to be replaced in a relationship in their absence?
Foe explores a still-much-left-to-be-explored topic: marriages in an apocalyptic future, especially if the former are somehow influenced by AI. The film’s sensitive handling of a crumbling marriage in a dead future, bleak and dry, does not let one leave their seats till its twist, which is a game changer in its own right.