With the development of brain-machine devices, the protagonist frequently immerses himself in virtual reality through an implanted device, leading to increasing detachment from communication with his girlfriend and friends in the real world. The girlfriend’s complaints make the protagonist realize their neglect of emotions and decide to spend more time with her. However, the protagonist finds it increasingly difficult to focus on the real world and becomes more immersed in the virtual space created by the brain-machine device. Cracks start to appear in his relationship as a result. The protagonist tries to stop using the device but in vain. Unable to concentrate and feeling restless, they are ultimately forced to return to the virtual reality. The girlfriend leaves. In the empty home, the protagonist sits alone on the sofa in darkness, staring blankly at the ceiling while the indicator lights of the device continue to flicker.

Directed by Haomin Zhu (China)

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