Mr. Nobody (2013)
Critic Consensus: Mr. Nobody's narrative tangles may bedevil as much as they entertain, but its big ambitions and absorbing visuals make for an intriguing addition to director Jaco Van Dormael's filmography.
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
|Rating:||R (for some sexuality/nudity , brief strong language and violent images)|
|Genre:||Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Jaco Van Dormael|
|Written By:||Jaco Van Dormael|
|In Theaters:||Nov 1, 2013 Limited|
|On DVD:||Feb 25, 2014|
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as Nemo's Mother
as Anna (Age 15)
as Nemo (Age 15)
as Elise (Age 15)
as Jeanne (Age 15)
as Nemo (Age 9)
as Anna (Age 9)
as Dr. Feldheim
as Dr. Feldheim
as Young Journalist
as TV Host
as 5-Year-Old Nemo
as Nemo (Age 5)
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Nobody
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.
As philosophy, Mr. Nobody seems sillier than it is profound. But in a parallel reality, more movies would have this degree of insane ambition.
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.
[Writer-director] Van Dormael seems unsure of what exactly it is he's trying to say, and thus Mr. Nobody rambles on for nearly two and a half hours.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Nobody
A 118-year old man, the last mortal left on Earth in 2092 after humanity has discovered the secret of genetic immortality, tells his life story to a curious journalist, mixing up his memories and telling contradictory stories in which he is in love with three different women. With its multiple storylines, heartbreaking romance, amazing sight gags, and clever philosophical asides, this amazing movie shows more imagination than the last five movies you saw put together.
This is the strangest movie I did not understand but still for some reason LOVE!
Dormael's ambition, though appealing, moves dangerously towards pretentiousness as he attempts to concoct this intricate, convoluted plot - which bears many unnecessary elements that end up bloating it into a flawed, overlong structure that lacks a clear focus.
Mr. Nobody Quotes
|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.|
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