Noé, Sheri Hagen (“Kids Run”, “Die Schlikkerfrauen”), lives alone in an a-frame house deep in the forest living a quiet life but suffering from a recurring dream which wakes her in a freight most mornings.
One day, whilst walking through said forest, she stumbles across an Android named Ela, Melodie Wakivuamina (“Das Traumschiff (TV)”, “SOKO 5113 (TV)”), and takes her home.
Noé is a dab hand with electronics, having always been the one taking things apart as a child, and manages to get Ela back up and running.
Despite asking Ela some questions about who she is, where she comes from, who made her, Noé receives no answers of note, in fact, most questions Noé asks, Ela responds with a similar question back to Noé.
The two spend some time together, still no answers, and Noé talks about Lea, though somewhat cryptically, someone who she says broke her heart.
Things are going well until Ela begins copying Noé, from her movements to the songs she sings in the shower, she even goes as far as cutting her hair lie Noé’s.
This begins to freak Noé out and she retreats to her room with an axe. However, Ela tells Noé that it’s ok, she likes her, but we see some drones outside the house in the woods and now some men are with them and it seems they want Ela.
I Am is a great short film, full of mystery and suspense and it’s well made too. What really stands out though is the performance from Melodie Wakivuamina as Ela.
For the majority of the time she is as we expect an android to be; stiff movements, head tilts, all of that and it’s a great performance, utterly convincing. There’s a few occasions where it slips, but this can be forgiven as it’s otherwise a great performance in a great short film.