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The Zero Theorem (2013)

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A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.

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A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.

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Nothing is everything.

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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19 August 2014 (USA)  »

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O Teorema Zero  »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$83,803 (USA) (19 September 2014)

Gross:

$219,438 (USA) (3 October 2014)
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The name "Qohen Leth" references "Qoheleth" (sometimes transliterated as "Qohelethin" or "Koheleth"), the original Hebrew name (and presumed author) of Ecclesiastes--the Bible book that investigates the meaning of life. See more »

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When Qohen is sitting at his computer naked, he is wearing flesh colored underwear. See more »

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Joby: Management parties incognito.
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In memory of the great Richard D. Zanuck who kept the ball rolling. See more »


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Chapel of Love
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By Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Performed by Mélanie Thierry
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A satisfying companion piece to Brazil
14 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Christoph Waltz plays a troubled man in an oppressive, apparently pointless job in his corporate cubicle. As you'd expect from Gilliam, he explores this not with a bleak gray background, but a garish cartoony near-future world full of madness and humour. I suspect this choice won't be for everyone, as the first hour of the film is slightly over-the-top, particularly David Thewliss's David Brent-like supervisor

  • though it's always entertaining. But by anchoring the film on Waltz,
who is able to show a mannered but more serious side than his Tarantino roles, Gilliam gains unexpected levels of gravitas as he explores themes of isolation in a connected world, constant surveillance and feelings of doom. This can be filed next to Brazil in tone, and is highly recommended for Gilliam fans as his most successful film for many years.


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