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Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (2007)

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Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the band EELS, on his quest to get to know his later father, quantum physicist Hugh Everett III, who invented the Many Worlds theory.


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Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the band EELS, on his quest to get to know his later father, quantum physicist Hugh Everett III, who invented the Many Worlds theory. The film follows Mark on his journey across America, where he meets old friends and colleagues of his father. Hugh died of a heart attack in his home in 1982, where his body was found by 19-year-old Mark. Even though they had lived in the same house, the two of them were alienated. Only by entering the paradoxical world of quantum mechanics can Mark hope to understand why he was such a stranger to his own father. Written by

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The film was shown before every concert of the EELS on their 2008 tour across the US and half of Europe. See more »


Mark Everett: [Regarding the issue whether Hugh saw a disappointment in his son, Mark] Did maybe my father speak of it? Of what a disappointment I was?
Old friend of Mark's father: No, no, no. No, I think, if your father had had the emotional vocabulary, he would have been very very pleased with what you did with your music.
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Quite interesting
25 October 2008 | by (Edwardsville, IL) – See all my reviews

I just happened to catch this on PBS, and was quickly drawn into the story. Initially I was intrigued by the physics (I wish I could say I understood everything discussed), but soon was rewarded with the additional aspects of familial and human relations that was explored in the film as well.

As a history buff, I was envious of the position of Mark Everett as he went on a journey to discover his father's past. As a son, I couldn't be any less envious of the relationship he had with his father. However, seeing Everett's progression and evolution of emotions and views in regards to his father, and his family as a whole, was quite entertaining and emotionally rewarding.

Maybe it's just my eclectic interests, or maybe the more universal aspects of the human experience, but I found the film enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it, and wouldn't mind watching it again. The soundtrack certainly doesn't hurt either.

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