The Trailer for Apple TV+'s Fingernails' Mixes Love & Science

Jessie Buckley and Jeremy Allen White in "Fingernails"

Jessie Buckley and Jeremy Allen White in "Fingernails"

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Is it possible to measure love? To know for sure that you truly loved someone? And that they loved you back? What if you could know, instantly, whether or not your partner was your forever? That's the premise behind the upcoming Apple TV+ feature film Fingernails, a sci-fi romantic drama set in a future where scientists have developed a controversial test purported to allow couples to be able to determine whether they're truly in love. 

All it takes is a single (you guessed it!) fingernail from each partner, and they're able to know instantly whether a given relationship is built to last — or doomed to fail. The story follows Anna (Jessie Buckley), an unemployed teacher whose long-term relationship with boyfriend Ryan (Jeremy Allen White) was confirmed as a genuine love match by just such a test several years ago. But when she gets a job at the same institute that administers the tests, she finds she's irresistibly drawn to a handsome coworker in spite of herself. (And in spite of her supposedly loving and happy relationship with Ryan.)

As a result, Anna begins to question whether it's possible to be in love with two people at once — something the Love Institute insists isn't possible. But can something as impossible as love can ever be quantified or explained by science? 

Here's the film's logline. 

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.

Alongside Buckley and White, Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) stars as Anna's Love Institute colleague Amir, and Luke Wilson (Stargirl) plays Duncan, the head of the Love Institute. Annie Murphy (Schitt's Creek) also stars. 

Fingernails is the second feature and first English-language film from director, writer, and producer Christos Nikou (Apples). The film is co-written by Nikou, Stavros Raptis, and Sam Steiner. In addition to Nikou, Fingernails is produced by Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton, and Coco Francini for Dirty Films and Lucas Wiesendanger for Film Nation Entertainment. The film is executive produced by Film Nation Entertainment’s Glen Basner, Milan Popelka, and Alison Cohen, alongside Ashley Fox, Kevin Lafferty, and Jerome Duboz.

Fingernails will debut in Los Angeles and New York on Friday, October 27, and will premiere globally on Apple TV+, as well as in additional select theaters, on Friday, November 3, 2023.

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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