An introverted office worker whose main job is to empathise with other human beings and be the voice of the inarticulate, installs a new operating system on his personal computer which interacts through a voice interface. As his avatar he selects a seductive female and falls in love with the sensitive disembodied voice who relates so well to his anxieties and sorrows. Not unlike himself, making a living as an author of love letters for people who cannot put their feelings into words, the OS is able to emotionally touch his inner self and put him at ease solely with her voice. A hybrid of romantic comedy and science-fiction film, HER (US 2013, Spike Jonze) ingeniously stages the affective encounter of two beings in an age of ubiquitous computing, based on the intimate and sensuous qualities of the human voice. As can be expected from the off-beat genre mix, the relationship between Theodore (Joaquim Phoenix) and the OS Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) soon runs into trouble – and this on both sides. Not only can the love-struck Theodore not get enough of the virtual but all too virtually present Samantha; she, too, wants to give her voice a bodily presence. To this end, Samantha hires a body double whom she instructs via a head-set to enact an erotic scenario with Theodore, which not surprisingly, goes horribly wrong when Theodore is suddenly confronted with his fantasy taking on a real body. The ontological bond between a voice and a body cannot be dissolved or the gap overcome, at least not in a deep and emotionally fulfilling relationship.