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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.

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Jaco Van Dormael
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Cast

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 Laura Brumagne ... Anna age 9
Allan Corduner ... Dr. Feldheim
Daniel Mays ... Young Journalist
Michael Riley ... Harry
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Storyline

In the year 2092, one hundred eighteen year old Nemo is recounting his life story to a reporter. He is less than clear, often times thinking that he is only thirty-four years of age. But his story becomes more confusing after he does focus on the fact of his current real age. He tells of his life at three primary points in his life: at age nine (when his parents divorced), age sixteen and age thirty-four. The confusing aspect of the story is that he tells of alternate life paths, often changing course with the flick of a decision at each of those ages. One life path has him ultimately married to Elise, a depressed woman who never got over the unrequited love she had for a guy named Stefano when she was a teenager and who asked Nemo to swear that when she died he would sprinkle her ashes on Mars. A second life path has him married to Jean. Their life is one of luxury but one also of utter boredom. And a third life path has him in a torrid romance with his step-sister Anna, the two who,... 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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Belgium | Germany | Canada | France | USA | UK

Language:

English | Mohawk

Release Date:

26 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gospodin Niko See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,612, 3 November 2013

Gross USA:

$3,622

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,549,016
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Runtime:

| | (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jaco Van Dormael: The Brazilian man. See more »

Goofs

Nemo says the angel missed him and that is why he can "remember" the future, but he has the philtrum (depression between nose and upper lip) that only the angel's touch would have given him. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Hard Luck (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Lyrics by Allan Roberts and Music by Doris Fisher
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
© Doris Fisher Music / Allan Roberts Music
(p) 1963 UMG Recordings.
By kind permission of Universal Music Vision
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Something to Think About
17 September 2012 | by brujavuSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies that you want to see at least a second time, because even though the first viewing is perfectly satisfying, you just know you'll pick up more the second, and third, time around. I lost track of how many parallel lives the main character was remembering, and as far as I could tell, it was never really explained how he could be aware of so many parallel universes, but those are minor points in a film that seeks to bring up ideas to be pondered. And it does just that. I think this would be a great first date movie, because the potential for it sparking a meaningful conversation/debate is tremendous. The main point, of course, is that every decision we make affects the path that the rest of our life takes, and there are many of these turning points in a lifetime. There are also ideas about the nature of reality, which I found intriguing. I don't think it will be long before I give this a second view. The only criticism I have is that, even though there were some fairly dramatic moments, and the acting was good, I didn't feel particularly connected to the characters. There was much more of a sense of detachment than I would have liked to have seen in a movie like this. But all in all... great film. A must see for anyone who likes to ponder life's imponderables.


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