Mr. Nobody

2013

Mr. Nobody (2013)

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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.

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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

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Cast

Rhys Ifans
as Nemo's Father
Natasha Little
as Nemo's Mother
Juno Temple
as Anna (Age 15)
Toby Regbo
as Nemo (Age 15)
Clare Stone
as Elise (Age 15)
Audrey Giacomini
as Jeanne (Age 15)
Thomas Byrne
as Nemo (Age 9)
Alan Corduner
as Dr. Feldheim
Laura Brumagne
as Anna (Age 9)
Allan Corduner
as Dr. Feldheim
Daniel Mays
as Young Journalist
Noa DeConstanzo
as 5-Year-Old Nemo
Noa De Constanzo
as Nemo (Age 5)
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Nobody

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

As philosophy, Mr. Nobody seems sillier than it is profound. But in a parallel reality, more movies would have this degree of insane ambition.

Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: B
AV Club
Top Critic

This big-budget English-language co-production shows that Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king.

Oct 28, 2013 | Full Review…

With the film's maddening circular structure and often thudding visual expositions, the experience of watching it isn't quite as enjoyable as a description might augur.

Jan 9, 2012 | Full Review…
indieWire
Top Critic

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.

Apr 4, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A film that has a beating heart underneath its messy -- though breathtakingly designed -- exterior.

Apr 4, 2011
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Nobody

½

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 without clear focus.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

This is the strangest movie I did not understand but still for some reason LOVE!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

In the late 21st century the last man who will die of old age thinks back on his life and the different paths it could have taken in this mix of arthouse drama, romance and science fiction. The film's problem soon becomes apparent: the audience remains as uncertain and confused about the real events in Nemo's life as the old man himself. He meets the girl, he loses the girl, the girl dies, he marries the girl. Possibilities blend into each other, we get different versions of the decisions he made and ends up marrying three different women. But which one is the real life he lead? Thankfully, the old man's interviewer is soon as confused as we are. Because while all that may sound pretty interesting, and it is for a while, things soon get repetitive and more confusing than necessary. It feels a bit as if the film wants to screw with our minds just for screwing's sake. By the end you don't even really expect a solution that makes sense anymore, and of course you only get a half-assed one. That's not to say that there are rewarding aspects to this film. Leto's acting is great and the futuristic set-ups and cinematography are outstanding. The problem is that the film's many layers keep you from connecting with the characters because you have no chance of knowing which parts are true or not anyway. A brave attempt, that would have worked so much better had it been a little more straight forward.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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