A young boy attempts to convince a woman that he is her dead husband reborn.

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Jonathan Glazer
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Anna
Cameron Bright ... Young Sean
Danny Huston ... Joseph
Lauren Bacall ... Eleanor
Alison Elliott ... Laura
Arliss Howard ... Bob
Michael Desautels Michael Desautels ... Sean
Anne Heche ... Clara
Peter Stormare ... Clifford
Ted Levine ... Mr. Conte
Cara Seymour ... Mrs. Conte
Joe M. Chalmers Joe M. Chalmers ... Sinclair
Novella Nelson ... Lee
Zoe Caldwell ... Mrs. Hill
Charles Goff Charles Goff ... Mr. Drummond
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Storyline

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiancé, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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She wished her husband would come back from the dead. Now, he is back. See more »


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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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The type of cake served at Eleanor's birthday and which Sean has a left-over piece of is a Red Velvet Cake which is also known as a Waldorf Astoria Cake. See more »

Goofs

Nicole Kidman's hair colour changes from reddish to blond several times. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Voice of Sean: Ok, let me say this.
[sighs]
Voice of Sean: Let me say this. If I lost my wife and, and uh, the next day a little bird landed on my windowsill, looked me right in the eye, and in plain English said, 'Sean, it's me, Anna. I'm back' What could I say? I guess I'd believe her. Or I'd want to. I'd be stuck with a bird. But other than that, no. I'm a man of science. I just don't believe that mumbo-jumbo. Now, that's gonna have to be the last question. I need to go running before I head home.
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Soundtracks

Tonight You Belong to Me
(1926)
Music by 'Lee David'
Lyrics by Billy Rose
Performed by Patience McIntyre (as Patience) and Prudence McIntyre (as Prudence)
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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A brilliant glance on death and the what-if
23 April 2005 | by e_robertgSee all my reviews

This movie was a masterpiece in every way. I initially left with a sour taste in my mouth after viewing the ending. I then watched the movie again and caught some of the more subtle cues, words and actions happening in this movie.

The Kubrickian opening scene was beautifully shot and evoked this powerful sense of a journey about to unfold. There are several scenes where Nicole Kidman delivers quite possibly the most powerful performance she has ever delivered and without the use of her voice. She pulls this off so well and it gives a good sense of what the rest of her performance has in store. An unsung hero in this film is the young child actor Cameron Bright. His performance was equally as astonishing. He was able to convey the adult mind intermixed with the mental faculties of a child. This Mr. Reincarnation was accurate down to the smallest details of how his actions should be as an adult while also displaying how his vehicle was still that of a child's. He was conflicted and equally abound with thought as Anna, Nicole Kidman's character. The duality was shown towards the end specifically when they were both shown taking portraits.

The musical score by Alexandre Desplat blends so extremely well with this movie and conveys even more powerfully those scenes where voice is not available to convey each of the actor's unheard emotions. The opening shot is one of the best examples of how well it completes the movie.

I believe you'll have to have an observant eye and an open mind to fully appreciate this film. The ending may seem unfulfilling or open ended but in a sense it is quite conclusive. The ending does leave enough room to view it in different ways however.

In short, I recommend this film to those who can fully appreciate films that make you think and which offer a beautiful composition of both music, images and story.


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Release Date:

29 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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Birth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,282,000, 31 October 2004

Gross USA:

$5,095,038

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,925,492
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