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Mr. Nobody (2009)

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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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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,600, 1 December 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,331,721, 30 May 2010
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nemo is Latin for "nobody". That name may remind people of Homer's epic; Odyssey, in which at some point, the Greek hero, Odysseus and few of his men are captured by the cyclops, Polyphemus. When asked about his name, Odysseus replies his name means 'nobody'. Later, when Odysseus and his men attempt escape, they stab the cyclops in his only eye, with a burning stake. The injured cyclops cries for help, but when his friends arrive, and ask who did this to him, Polyphemus replies: 'Nobody! Nobody stabbed me in the eye, and nobody escaped!' His friends, of course don't take his story very seriously, and leave - Odysseus and his men having successfully escaped. See more »

Goofs

When Anna's moved with her father to Brooklyn, NY, and Nemo's mother has intercepted a letter she sent to him, the return address - which usually has some amount of 'genuine-ness' to it, in this case is far from reality. It would seem the return address was written by someone who didn't even attempt to simulate a real address for Anna, as it appears it's: ' Anna Vigo 139929 9th Ave. East, Brookland, NY, New York, USA, 43052'. ZIP codes in NYC all start with a '1', with the second number being a '0' , '1', or '2' (and, yes, 'Brooklyn' is misspelt as 'Brookland'). 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 currently available DVD version runs for 141 min, while the Toronto International Film Festival runs for 138 min. See more »

Connections

References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Is My Mind
Written by Frank Black (as Thompson)
Performed by Pixies
Courtesy of Rice and Beans Music
(p) 1997 4AD Limited. © Rice And Beans Music.
ISRC No: GBAFL-97-00100.
Excerpt of the Album 'Death To The Pixies' (DAD 7011CD).
By kind permission of 4AD Limited (www.4ad.com) and Universal Music Vision
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Beautiful film. A gem!
18 January 2010 | by isabellealenusSee all my reviews

I saw Mr Nobody last night in a jam-packed theatre. I guess that the main reason for this is that I am in Belgium and the writer/director is Belgian. The response of the audience was amazing. I was in Flanders and so the film wasn't dubbed.

The film is magical and surreal. And yet it makes sense. Not many have achieved this, but Jaco Van Dormael seems to have done it with ease. It did take him 13 years however. If you liked Toto Le Héro, you should love this film too. Switching between the UK and Canada works brilliantly and Jared Leto, Toby Regbo and Juno Temple steal the show. Ifans and Little are also fantastic. Diane Kruger's strong German accent is unfortunate as the film needs no unintentional surrealism added to it. I think her role needed a stronger actress (she looks very beautiful though).

In all I recommend everyone to go and see it. The only reason the film gets an 8 (and not a higher score) is because towards the end it seemed to go on a bit. I will go and see it again however. The story really draws you in and I need to go back to search for some answers. I also want to see it again because it is so beautifully filmed. Van Dormael is an artist.

I enjoyed this film as much, if not more, than a David Lynch. And that truly is a compliment.


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