A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.
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In the year 2092, one hundred eighteen year old Nemo is recounting his life story to a reporter. He is less than clear, often times thinking that he is only thirty-four years of age. But his story becomes more confusing after he does focus on the fact of his current real age. He tells of his life at three primary points in his life: at age nine (when his parents divorced), age sixteen and age thirty-four. The confusing aspect of the story is that he tells of alternate life paths, often changing course with the flick of a decision at each of those ages. One life path has him ultimately married to Elise, a depressed woman who never got over the unrequited love she had for a guy named Stefano when she was a teenager and who asked Nemo to swear that when she died he would sprinkle her ashes on Mars. A second life path has him married to Jean. Their life is one of luxury but one also of utter boredom. And a third life path has him in a torrid romance with his step-sister Anna, the two who,... Written by
Nemo is Latin for "nobody". That name may remind people of Homer's epic; Odyssey, in which at some point, the Greek hero, Odysseus and few of his men are captured by the cyclops, Polyphemus. When asked about his name, Odysseus replies his name means 'nobody'. Later, when Odysseus and his men attempt escape, they stab the cyclops in his only eye, with a burning stake. The injured cyclops cries for help, but when his friends arrive, and ask who did this to him, Polyphemus replies: 'Nobody! Nobody stabbed me in the eye, and nobody escaped!' His friends, of course don't take his story very seriously, and leave - Odysseus and his men having successfully escaped. See more »
(around 2:24:51) the young Nemo, having ran into the forest and thus did not follow his mother to Canada, blows a leaf which leads to the adult him and Anna being reunited again at the lighthouse. However, this scenario is impossible because he only meets and falls in love with Anna if he moves to Canada with his mother. See more »
Nemo Nobody adult:
Like most living creatures, the pigeon quickly associates the pressing of the level with the reward. But when a timer releases a seed automatically every 20 seconds, the pigeon wonders, what did I do to deserve this? If it was flapping its wings at the time, it will continue to flap, convinced that its actions have the decisive influence on what happens. We call this "pigeon superstition".
Nemo Nobody adult:
[cut to Nemo on a gurney]
What did I do to deserve this?
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Just caught the north American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. This is my first IMDb comment, doing it cause i saw no one else has written anything yet.
Jaco is an absolutely brilliant writer/director. I haven't seen too many art-house films, but I was pleasantly surprised by the tone which wasn't too serious, or pretentious. There were laugh out loud moments during a movie with themes concerning choice, destiny, and metaphysics.
I was enamoured by the love story, it was feel good without being Hollywood.
The visuals were amazing. I believe that Jaco explained that he used different DP's to film the different possible lives of Mr. Nobody. There were scenes set in the year 2092 that were absolutely stunning on the big screen.
I found the soundtrack to be awesome. Any movie with "Mr. Sandman" and "Where is my mind?" is alright by me.
The movie was extremely imaginative, original, funny, and will probably have me thinking about it and my own life for days after viewing.
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