Users is a fascinating meditation on life and parenting in the digital age

“Mothers had to bring the child within them for almost a year, and then painfully push them out. You had to feed the infant from your own body, and had to soothe the kid to sleep.”
Later, we see a mom breastfeeding her child– one of the most natural and pure acts humans are capable of, but one thats still made possible by the benefits of modern medicine and sanitation.
Everywhere, but out of sight,” Almada says early on in the movie, describing her stress and anxiety over the technological “mom” overseeing her childrens lives.

“Mothers had to carry the kid within them for nearly a year, and then painfully push them out. You had to feed the infant from your own body, and had to relieve the child to sleep.”
Now, your wise baby crib can instantly spot when your kid is sobbing and relieve them on its own. It felt as if I was handing my newborn over to our new god– technology. It was the ideal mom.
More a tone poem than a conventional narrative documentary, Users doesnt have lots of answers. Rather, Almada is more interested in heightening our awareness of contemporary life. She provides pictures of a raging ocean, a tip of where all of us came from. Not long afterwards, we see a water treatment plant, which cleans up sewage so we can have safe and clean water. Later, we see a mom breastfeeding her kid– one of the most natural and pure acts people are capable of, however one thats still enabled by the benefits of modern-day medication and sanitation.
As a parent myself, its heartening to see more art reflecting my issues about how my kid is being affected by tech. “Shes in the satellites orbiting around us in space. In the web of fiber optic cable televisions wrapping around the earth. All over, but out of sight,” Almada says early on in the film, explaining her anxiety over the technological “mom” supervising her kidss lives. “She and I remain in a fight over my childrens love. Will they like her more, will they enjoy her perfection more than my flaw?”

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