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Jimi, a successful computer game designer, finds that his latest product has been infected by a virus which has given consciousness to the main character of the game, Solo. Tormented by the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jimi Dini
Diego Abatantuono ...
Solo
Sergio Rubini ...
Joystick
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Naima
Amanda Sandrelli ...
Maria
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Lisa (as Emanuelle Seigner)
Claudio Bisio ...
Red Rover
Antonio Catania ...
Paranoid Vendor
Gigio Alberti ...
Dr. Rauschenberg
Ugo Conti ...
Sicilian Tourist
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Indian Porter
Oreste Guidi ...
German
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Okasama Starr, Psychologist (as Haruhiko Yamanouchi)
Avinash Ganesh ...
Avinash
Antonello Grimaldi ...
Pakistan Porter
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Storyline

Jimi, a successful computer game designer, finds that his latest product has been infected by a virus which has given consciousness to the main character of the game, Solo. Tormented by the memory of his fled girlfriend Lisa and begged by Solo to end its useless "life", Jimi begins a search for people who can help him both to discover what happened to Lisa and to delete his game before it is released. Written by Sembola

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated R for language, violence, drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

24 January 1997 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Nirvana - Die Zukunft ist ein Spiel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

ITL 6,454,368,000 (Italy) (31 January 1997)

Gross:

ITL 11,185,685,000 (Italy) (7 March 1997)
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Trivia

The movie and the in-movie game are named after the Nirvana, a religious and philosophical concept used in religions of India (Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) to describe the peace of mind, body and soul one reaches after all desires (the source of suffering) are extinguished. Many believe that this is accomplished through reincarnations, where every time you "come back" you get slightly more world-weary and closer to the Nirvana. This has some similarities to what happens to Solo in his game. See more »

Quotes

Maryann: I am light transport unit Maryann, back off you bastards or I'll blast you.
[Joystick approaches the truck]
Maryann: Didn't i tell you to back off shithead? I wouldn't dare touch me if I were you, you stupid son of a bitch.
[Joystick starts hacking into the trucks security mainframe]
Maryann: Just what the fuck are you doing anyway? Trying to kill yourself. There are 3,000 volts running under my paint job, would you like to feel that?
Joystick: I'd love to feel that. Lady just stop talking, you just a crock of shit.
Maryann: Just ...
[...]
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The last credit states as unintentional every reference to "person, things and trademarks". See more »

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A masterpiece right under your eyes - but no one saw it....
4 May 2004 | by (Milan - Munich) – See all my reviews

Films generally carry a title for a reason. Salvatores's Nirvana's is the key to understanding it. Without the key, the film will look like rubbish, like many comments here testify. But, if you get that key and use it, it can become one of the most astonishing movie experiences you may make.

The title is not just the name of a videogame. That is totally incidental.

The movie is about the voyage towards Nirvana - the real thing - of two men (or maybe of one man and his own projection in a virtual world): how the two (or maybe the man and his own inner conscience) start to understand what Nirvana is and how they eventually reach it, in spite of all misadventures and (that is not casual at all...) the cycles of deaths and rebirths that the virtual self Solo (meaning alone, in Italian, not Star Wars' character - again not a coincidence) has to go through.

This is a movie about symbolisms. This is a movie about the deepest searches of the soul. Searches that cannot be disturbed by petty concerns (see Bebo Storti's apparently bizarre line after he appears in a flash for just a few seconds to shoot and kill a very unlucky henchman "I am MEDITATING [profanities deleted]!").

Science fiction is incidental to its aims, and provides a fabulously well used tool to unravel the story in what I regard as a cinematic masterpiece.

Blade Runner's climax ended on the recognition that replicants (and humans, maybe) were just "tears... in the rain". Nirvana's is about snowflakes that fall forever, and yet never fall.... Pity this is so far above the expectations of an average moviegoer that most viewers did not even recognize the genius in its simplicity. My congratulations to Cacucci, Corica and Salvatores!


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