‘Fingernails’ Trailer: Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmed, And Jeremy Allen White Put Love To The Test

How do two people know if they’re truly in love? It’s never as simple as it appears to be in your average rom-com. In Christos Nikou sci-fi rom-com Fingernails, a couple knows they are truly in love when a machine tells them so…right after it rips off a fingernail.

Yes, removing a fingernail from each person is part of the process. Hey, there’s a little bit of pain in every loving relationship, right? The film stars Jessie Buckley and The Bear‘s Jeremy Allen White as a couple who undergo the process, only for her to be skeptical of the results. Oscar winner Riz Ahmed plays the third part of this love triangle as her instructor at a love institute.

Sound weird? It’s par for the course from Nikou, who previously directed Apples, another surreal look at human behavior. This is also the second film by Nikou to be exec-produced by Cate Blanchett, who is clearly a fan.

Here’s the synopsis: Anna and Ryan have found true love. It’s been proven by a controversial new technology. There’s just one problem: Anna still isn’t sure. Then, she takes a position at a love testing institute and meets Amir.

Fingernails hits LA and NY on October 27th, followed by Apple TV+ and additional theaters on November 3rd.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.