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
At age 82, Max von Sydow was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this film, becoming the second oldest man to be nominated for a male acting Oscar. von Sydow was aged 82 years and 289 days old, whereas the record holder was Hal Holbrook aged 82 years and 339 days old, and was nominated in the same category for Into the Wild (2007), beating him by just fifty days. See more »
A Megabus drives by in a scene where Oskar is walking through Manhattan. Megabus didn't start service in NYC until May of 2008. (The bus is red at 1:03:19, blue at 1:03:32.) 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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