April 1, 2015 1:48 PM EDT

You might think of robots as emotionless shells, but this sweet new short film shows R2-D2 of Star Wars fame as a complex, sentient being.

The film is called Artoo in Love and premiered this weekend at the Sonoma Film Festival.

“People have definitely been having real emotional reactions to it,” director Evan Atherton told Mashable. Atherton is an engineer at software company Autodesk, where he used 3D printers to construct props for the film. (He has spent the last two years building them, Gizmodo reports.)

In the film, R2-D2 deals with unrequited love, but eventually finds a way to mend his broken heart. Artoo in Love is cute — and it’s especially impressive knowing how much work went into it.

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