Sceptical scientist Michael Pitt falls in love with spacy new age model Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, attracted by her dazzling dichromatic eyes.

Eyes for him are an evolutionary puzzle to be solved; for her they are windows to the soul. Can science and spirituality ever come together? That’s the question at the heart of this intriguing sci-fi mystery.

With Pitt’s earnest lab partner Brit Marling drawn into the debate, the tussle between rationalism and mysticism takes turns that are both unexpected and thought provoking.

Boosted by engaging performances and luminous photography, writer-director Mike Cahill’s movie works beautifully both as an intellectual detective story and a beguiling romance.