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.
Depressed housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead.
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 continuity in editing was missed: Oskar is talking to the "Renter" in the rickety old bridge. A plane is obviously flying behind Oskar and it disappears or is out of view behind a shack for a moment. It does not reappear on the other side of the shack. 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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This is a heart warming tear jerker of a child trying to make sense of such a tragic loss. An excellent performance from the young lead: good portrayal of a child on the autistic spectrum and emotional scenes handled brilliantly. The character is slightly irritating to begin with,although I believe this is intended. He grows on you as you begin to understand him better, and by the end you realise he is perfect for the story line. The mother and 'the renter' were also well cast I thought. Sandra Bullock's character was so different to anything I have seen her play before, but the performance was perfect. And Max Von Sydow did well to create a likable and intricate character without saying a word.
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