Mr. Nobody (2013)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
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A young boy stands on a station platform. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. Every life deserves to be lived. (c) Magnolia
Nov 1, 2013 Limited
Feb 25, 2014
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site
Harold P. Manning
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Never mind that several characters seem to gain or lose British accents throughout the course of the film. The lack of continuity only enhances the sense of deliciously dizzying disequilibrium.
This big-budget English-language co-production shows that Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king.
While Mr. Nobody contains some truly moving scenes, it eventually starts to try your concentration when you suspect all the space/time continuum shuffling may never become more than the sum of its parts.
A film that has a beating heart underneath its messy -- though breathtakingly designed -- exterior.
There are times when the film is entirely lucid in the points it wants to get across on love and the various choices we have to make throughout our lives, while at other times it seems lost in its overabundance of possibilities.
Complex, visually stunning, and pleasantly convoluted, this is a film that seems like it can't be confined to one genre and while time flows in one continuous direction Mr. Nobody makes it a point to constantly pedal in the opposite direction.
Too clinical to have an emotional impact, not romantic enough to engage a standard audience, and not smart enough for viewers looking for an intellectual experience.
While visual excess and occasional thematic bombast softens Mr. Nobody at times, the film nevertheless has poignant, often profound things to say about fate, mortality, consequence and love.
a passionate, thoughtful, and inquisitive exploration of the meaning of life.
As philosophy, Mr. Nobody seems sillier than it is profound. But in a parallel reality, more movies would have this degree of insane ambition.
At the 44-minute mark (I checked) of 'Mr. Nobody,' I loudly sighed and asked, "Good God, when the hell is this movie going to START!"
A thoughtful investigation into the different variations of all our lives: the daydreams, the anxious worst-case scenarios, the futile digressions that went nowhere.
Too strange for wide release, too provocative and arresting to sit on the shelf
This sprawling, ambitious sci-fi epic has a keen visual sense and a genuine interest in its deep topics.
The only truly graspable notion the film can be said to put forth is one of increasingly tedious sci-fi-romantic genre busy-ness.
Jaco van Dormael's most ambitious film to date is a mess and a miracle at the same time.
The aptly titled Nobody is just a white ball bouncing around the roulette wheel, as likely to land on this number as the next. It's fun to watch "Mr. Nobody" go round and round, but where it lands doesn't really matter to us.
Most viewers will have settled into a state of detached admiration. In the end, Mr. Nobody's title is simply too apt.
'Mr. Nobody' jumps around in a rather haphazard way, so it seems too chaotic most of the time. It's creative, but quite perplexing.
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Movies Like Mr. Nobody
- Nemo: The child could not make a choice because he did not know what would happen, but now that he knows what will happen, he can not make a choice.
- Nemo: In chess, it's called Zugzwang, when the only viable move is not to move.
- Nemo: A long as you don't choose, everything remains possible.
- Nemo: They also call me Mr. CRAFT. You know, Can't Remember A Fucking Thing.
- Nemo: Together we can do it.
- Elise: If I stay here, you're all gonna end up drowning with me.
- Nemo: We'll learn to swim. I love you.
- Elise: I love you.
- Nemo: Without you, there is no life.
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