[Ed. – Coming to a theater near you?]
Despite a remarkably lifelike appearance, the child — Elli — is actually an android, her memories programmed. And it doesn’t take long to realize that there’s something else to her relationship with this very human, very middle-aged man she calls “Daddy.”
Much of the nocturnal activity is only implied (perhaps leading many to question the depths of their own imagination), but there are moments where there’s absolutely no doubt as to the rather envelope-pushing direction the film is taking.
Wollner says the story was aimed at being an “antithesis to Pinocchio” (funnily enough, also showing at the festival, although without so many nods toward pedophilia), or Steven Spielberg’s A.I., where the central characters dream of becoming human.