President Barack Obama may only have a year left in office, but the forces of the universe have found a way for the most movie-worthy aspect of his life to live on forever: His absolutely adorable love story with Michelle.
Southside With You, which IndieWire compared to the classic romance Before Sunrise, follows the storied first date between two young Chicago lawyers: Barack Obama and (then) Michelle Robinson. Set over the course of one day in 1989, the film not only touches on the great pie vs. ice cream debate (Barack offers Michelle a piece of pie; she says she's more of an ice cream girl, to which Barack replies, "A summer of working at Baskin-Robbins will do that to you." They eventually have their first kiss while sharing an ice cream cone.), but also the fact that Barack first picked up Michelle in a car with an actual hole in the floor, all while smelling like cigarettes.
Filmmaker Richard Tanne told Vulture on his inspiration to write the movie:
There was that look they give each other — an authentic, real look of love; even a sexiness. That's rare in people you just meet on the street, let alone in public figures. I was fascinated with them as individuals. When I read about their first date and early courtship, the dynamic was such that Michelle wasn't interested. So in that case, it was the classic, "Boy meets girl, boy has to win girl," story.
If you weren't already hooked, when it premiered at Sundance earlier this week, Southside With You received a standing ovation. No word on when it'll be released in theaters, but yes, the Obamas are aware of it, and are reportedly "excited, and also a little baffled by its existence."