Fingernails | Trailer released for Apple TV+ sci-fi romance

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Riz Ahmed and Jessie Buckley star in the upcoming Apple TV+ sci-fi drama, Fingernails. Here’s the trailer.

Riz Ahmed and Jessie Buckley are headlining quirky sci-fi romance Fingernails, which heads to Apple TV+ on the 3 November.

Set in what Apple’s marketing department describes as an “uncanny future”, the upcoming series has a vague hint of author Philip K Dick about it – human relationships are scientifically determined and approved by a tech company, the Love Institute, and its inscrutable testing machine.

“I founded this institute to take the risk out of love,” says Luke Wilson’s scientist, Duncan. “No more uncertainty; no more wondering if you’ve chosen the right partner; no more divorce.”

The synopsis reads as follows:

Set in an uncanny future — Anna (Jessie Buckley) and her partner Ryan (Jeremy Allen White) have achieved every couple’s dream: they are in possession of a document certifying their true love. Their comfortable if somewhat mundane life, however, leaves Anna questioning their successful love test, administered by placing their extracted fingernails into a cutting-edge machine. Anna soon begins working for the Love Institute under the tutelage of Duncan (Luke Wilson), which, in addition to determining a couples’ status via the mysterious test, trains them to deepen bonds. She’s paired with the experienced — and devastatingly charming — Amir (Riz Ahmed) to take couples at various stages of relationships through a series of love-building activities before the big test. As the colleagues work to ameliorate the connections of clients, Anna begins to wonder if perhaps Amir is her one true love and if trusting her own feelings is a more reliable metric than what is determined by a machine.

The supporting cast includes Nina Kiri and Annie Murphy. It is the first English language feature from Greek filmmaker Christos Nikou, who writes and directs. Nikou previously won acclaim for his directorial debut, Apples.

Watch the trailer below:

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