A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.


Jaco Van Dormael
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Leto ... Nemo Adult / Old Nemo
Sarah Polley ... Adult Elise
Diane Kruger ... Anna Adult
Linh Dan Pham ... Adult Jean (as Linh-Dan Pham)
Rhys Ifans ... Father Nemo
Natasha Little ... Mother Nemo
Toby Regbo ... Nemo age 15
Juno Temple ... Anna age 15
Clare Stone ... Elise age 15
Thomas Byrne ... Nemo age 9
Audrey Giacomini Audrey Giacomini ... Jean age 15
Laura Brumagne ... Anna age 9
Allan Corduner ... Dr. Feldheim
Daniel Mays ... Young Journalist
Michael Riley ... Harry


'Nemo Nobody' is recounting his life story to a reporter. He's less than clear, often times thinking that he is 34 years of age, others, well over 100. But his story becomes more confusing after he does focus on the fact of his current real age. Written by Huggo

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Nothing is real, everything is possible. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, brief strong language and violent images. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The birthday party held (in Elise reality) is balloon-themed, with the song "99 Luftballons" played. "Luftballons" is German for "(air)balloons". In the English version of the song however, Nena sings about "99 red balloons". See more »


(around 2:24:51) the young Nemo, having ran into the forest and thus did not follow his mother to Canada, blows a leaf which leads to the adult him and Anna being reunited again at the lighthouse. However, this scenario is impossible because he only meets and falls in love with Anna if he moves to Canada with his mother. See more »


[first lines]
Nemo Nobody adult: Like most living creatures, the pigeon quickly associates the pressing of the level with the reward. But when a timer releases a seed automatically every 20 seconds, the pigeon wonders, what did I do to deserve this? If it was flapping its wings at the time, it will continue to flap, convinced that its actions have the decisive influence on what happens. We call this "pigeon superstition".
Nemo Nobody adult: [cut to Nemo on a gurney] What did I do to deserve this?
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Alternate Versions

The director's cut has 1 re-cut, 23 extended scenes and 12 additional scenes integrated into the original footage, running about 15 minutes and 40 seconds longer than the theatrical version. See more »


References The Matrix Reloaded (2003) See more »


Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Philippe de Cock
(p) Somebody Production / Art Public
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User Reviews

We cannot go back. That's why it's so hard to choose
16 September 2019 | by chesp05See all my reviews

.Mr. Nobody is definitely one of my favorite movies. I had the opportunity to see it again 10 years after his release (in a wonderful director's cut version) and I am convinced that he is aging very well. Initially it was not taken into consideration in my country (Italy); then in 2016 the Italian distributors perceived the enormous success they had decided to take it to Italy. My advice is to watch it in the original language (you can find it on Netflix); dubbing,in my humble opinion, is done in a hurry and doesn't fully make the beauty that the film carries with it. Why did I like this movie so much? First of all, Jared Leto's performance is incredible, he really manages to extricate himself in a myriad of different roles with great skill. The soundtrack and the non-original songs that accompanied the film are perfect (including Where is my Mind by Pixies, great!). The film is complex, opens up a tons of readings and generates many questions, to watch and to review and to comment on. And finally, from a technical point of view, thanks to a very creative montage that creates a nice rhythm and a sensational photography is a pleasure for the eyes. In short, for me it is highly recommended.

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Release Date:

26 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,612, 3 November 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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