A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father's belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock? Written by
The Questionaire that Oscar gives The Renter have fifteen questions on them. They are: 1. What is your full name? 2. What is your nationality? 3. What is your occupation? 4. What did your father do for a living? 5. What did your mother do for a living? 6. Were you ever married? 7. Did you have children? 8. Where have you traveled in the world? 9. How did you learn of the apartment for rent? 10. Did you ever know my father, Thomas Schell? 11. When you did speak, what other languages did you know? 12. Were you ever a soldier in a war? 13. Did you ever kill anyone? 14. Do you have any friends? 15. Why did you stop talking? See more »
The movie takes place in 2002/2003, yet at 01:10:18 in the shot of The Renter's arrow note on the bar door pointing to the door knob and again in a close-up at ~01:11:30 as Oskar peers in through a window, there's a "Recommended by Lonely Planet" sticker from 2007 on the window. See more »
There are more people alive now than have died in all of human history, but the number of dead people is increasing. One day, there isn't going to be any room to bury anyone anymore. So, what about skyscrapers for dead people, that are built down. They could be underneath the skyscrapers for living people, that are built up. We could bury people 100 floors down. And a whole dead world could be underneath the living one.
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A haunting and lovely tale of a boys journey to keep his father alive in his memory.
I personally loved this movie, and was shocked to see such negative reviews. I loved the fact that it centered around 9/11, as I think as painful and emotional as that was, we should NEVER forget it. I thought that the acting was superb and the scenery of NYC was wonderful. I loved the message and even though I was emotionally exhausted by the films end, I still felt good after seeing it. I give this film 10 stars and hope to see it receive many awards. I'll be owning it on DVD when its released. The acting by the whole cast, although the boy carried the movie almost single handily, was great, and this movie seriously touched my heart.
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