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Nirvana (1997)

The main character Solo in Nirvana, a computer game developed by Jimi for release in 3 days, has gained self-awareness after a virus attack. Solo wants to be deleted. Jimi wants to find his ex.


Gabriele Salvatores, Pino Cacucci (screenplay collaborator) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Jimi Dini
Diego Abatantuono Diego Abatantuono ... Solo
Sergio Rubini ... Joystick
Stefania Rocca ... Naima
Amanda Sandrelli Amanda Sandrelli ... Maria
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Lisa (as Emanuelle Seigner)
Claudio Bisio Claudio Bisio ... Corvo Rosso
Antonio Catania Antonio Catania ... Venditore Paranoie
Gigio Alberti Gigio Alberti ... Dr. Rauschenberg
Ugo Conti Ugo Conti ... Turista Siciliano
Silvio Orlando ... Portiere Indiano
Oreste Guidi Oreste Guidi ... Tedesco
Hal Yamanouchi ... Okasama Starr (as Haruhiko Yamanouchi)
Avinash Ganesh Avinash Ganesh ... Avinash
Antonello Grimaldi ... Portiere Pakistano


Jimi, a successful computer game designer, finds that his latest product has been infected by a virus which has given consciousness to the main character of the game, Solo. Tormented by the memory of his fled girlfriend Lisa and begged by Solo to end its useless "life", Jimi begins a search for people who can help him both to discover what happened to Lisa and to delete his game before it is released. Written by Sembola

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence, drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The movie and the in-movie game are named after the Nirvana, a religious and philosophical concept used in religions of India (Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) to describe the peace of mind, body and soul one reaches after all desires (the source of suffering) are extinguished. Many believe that this is accomplished through reincarnations, where every time you "come back" you get slightly more world-weary and closer to the Nirvana. This has some similarities to what happens to Solo in his game. See more »


Maryann: I am light transport unit Maryann, back off you bastards or I'll blast you.
[Joystick approaches the truck]
Maryann: Didn't i tell you to back off shithead? I wouldn't dare touch me if I were you, you stupid son of a bitch.
[Joystick starts hacking into the trucks security mainframe]
Maryann: Just what the fuck are you doing anyway? Trying to kill yourself. There are 3,000 volts running under my paint job, would you like to feel that?
Joystick: I'd love to feel that. Lady just stop talking, you just a crock of shit.
Maryann: Just touch ...
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Crazy Credits

The last credit states as unintentional every reference to "person, things and trademarks". See more »

Alternate Versions

During 1997, shortly after it was released in Italy, Miramax's Dimension label dubbed Nirvana into English, in order to give it more mainstream appeal for the American market. See more »


Featured in Nothing is real - Appunti su Nirvana (1996) See more »


Last Dance
Written and Performed by Eraldo Bernocchi and Bill Laswell
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User Reviews

Cyberpunk film with computer games , fictitious environments and strange characters
30 July 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Nirvana results to be a peculiar Sci-Fi film with an intricate screenplay dealing with the complex relationships between a game designer and program and how the main character , through a virus, controls the artist . Jimi (Christopher Lambert), a successful computer game creator , finds that his latest issue has been infected by a virus which has possessed consciousness to the program's main role named Solo (Diego Abantautono). While Solo has a tormented relationship to a computer generator prostitute named Maria (Amanda Sandrelli). Jimi affected by the memory of his fled sweet heart named Lisa (Emmanuelle Seigner)and begged by Solo to finish its useless "life", starts a search for someone who can help him both to discover what happened to Lisa and to delete his game before it is released . Meantime he is being pursued by a nasty corporation . Later on , Jimi goes to Marrakech and Bombay contacts to Joystick (Sergio Rubini) and Naima (Stefania Rocca). As utilizing the plot of portraying a program within a program, the summary has the spectator haunting if what they are watching is actual or a virtual reality.

This is a sci-fi movie in middling budget full of thrills , symbolisms , some action and weird events . I won't say that there aren't any issues because there are but overall the acting is pretty flawless.The reason that I think Nirvana is more reviewable than pretty much any other film is the story and the philosophical and cyberpunk elements of the story because with every viewing I catch something I didn't see the previous time I watched it. Nirvana not only supplies the world with a whole new level of passable special effects mixed with style and substance, it also brings a whole new meaning to the word 'cyberpunk'. The story was sometimes lame but it's worth watching for the background events and the environment packed with neon lights in ¨Blade runner¨style . Acting wise the film works excellently. Interpretation was wonderful, script, visual, sound, everything about this film is a tribute to a usually overlooked genre. However , it contains regular cinematography , it's necessary an urgent remastering . The motion picture is efficiently realized by Gabrielle Salvatores .The constant theme of his movies is the escape from the problems of the modern world and the most of his movies include philosophical themes . Almost always casts Diego Abatantuono; frequently also casts Sergio Rubini . Among his most important films are ¨Amnesia¨ , ¨I'm not scared¨ , ¨Marrakech Express¨ ,¨ Quo Vadis baby ¨ , his successful and Oscarized ¨Mediterraneo¨ and of course ¨Nirvana¨ .

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Release Date:

24 January 1997 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Нирвана See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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