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Thomas in Love (Thomas est amoureux) (2000)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 12

A quirky but amusing social commentary on human disengagement.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

A quirky but amusing social commentary on human disengagement.



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Thomas Thomas is a 32-year-old man suffering from acute agoraphobia. For eight years, he has neither left his home nor let anyone in. His only contact with other people is through the computer screen, which allows a two-way audio-video connection. His insurance company handles most aspects of his life, including getting his vacuum robot repaired and administering to his mental well-being. Thomas is almost happy in this deliberate self-imprisonment. He finds virtual pleasure with an interactive

Dec 31, 2002

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A film in which the camera's point of view never changes can start to feel claustrophobic. But the originality of the concept and the quality of the performances help to compensate.

December 21, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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The last few minutes of this movie are strangely moving. What leads up to them is shot through with dark humor and scathing satire.

December 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Thomas In Love never develops beyond an interesting exercise in style over story.

September 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Innovative and thoughtful.

September 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It duplicates Thomas' miserable world so well we want to escape it as urgently as Thomas does.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A good story about a fellow who really needs to leave his room.

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Thomas in Love" can be chalked up as a noble failure.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

A sex film for the Bill Gates age, and it's about as sexy as Gates, too.

December 13, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

What's surprising is how easy it is to sit still for.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

While that leads to a conclusion that seems straight out of a student film, Renders does effectively create a sense of claustrophobia by plunking his audience down in the middle of Thomas' world.

September 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

For a film that takes place entirely within the confines of the main character's computer screen, the Belgian Thomas in Love is amazingly interesting stuff.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A clever satire.

August 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian

A movie that's as emotionally bereft as the realm it purports to scrutinize and comment upon.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Thomas in Love touches on so many subjects and is so visually interesting to watch that it won't just enrich your weekend movie plans, but stimulate your way of thinking as well.

August 17, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

The best and worst thing about the tale is that we never actually see Thomas. We only view events from his first-person and isolated perspective. The effect is both alienating and compelling.

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

gentle, pointed satire and a very human story of disengagement

August 5, 2001 Full Review Source:

An intriguing work about modern loneliness, mediated relationships, cybersex, and the narcissism of cocooned individuals.

August 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Thomas in Love (Thomas est amoureux)

The film title and the cover may seem awkward. But this picture is much more than just a character in love. The ways in which the film is presented is unique. Although we never see the main character, we can feel his emotions through his words and his eyes.
I strongly recommend this film to people who want to experience a different style of filmmaking.
October 28, 2009
Linda K. T.

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