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Imaginaerum (2012)

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A coma sends an old man into his childhood's sinister fantasy world, where he must fight dementia and gain back his memories before it's too late.

Directors:

Stobe Harju, Mark Roper (co-director)

Writers:

Stobe Harju (screenplay), Mikko Rautalahti (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis X. McCarthy ... Tom Whitman - age 70 (as Francis-Xavier McCarthy)
Glenda Braganza ... Tom's Nurse
Helene Robbie ... Arabian Dancer (as Hélène Robitaille)
Ilkka Villi ... Mr. White / Theodore Whitman
Elias Toufexis ... Mr. White (voice)
Victoria Jung Victoria Jung ... Ann - age 8 (as Victoria Ann Jung)
Kathleen Fee ... Tracy Gainman (voice) (as Katheleen Fee)
Marianne Farley ... Gem Whitman
Quinn Lord ... Tom Whitman - age 10
Ron Lea ... Dr. Jansson
Joanna Noyes ... Ann - age 73
Keyanna Fielding Keyanna Fielding ... Gem Whitman - age 7
Anette Olzon ... Ann
Emppu Vuorinen Emppu Vuorinen ... Emil
Marco Hietala Marco Hietala ... Marcus
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Storyline

Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it? The film is a journey between two different dimensions. Tom travels through his imaginary world seeking answers and finding memories, while his daughter, Gem, tries to recover the bond she had once shared with her father in the real world. As they have become more and more distant from each other over the years, and as there's even greater obstacles separating them now Tom's coma and his imminent death Gem's project feels doomed to failure. However, through Tom's darkest secrets, Gem discovers the path she must follow in order to... Written by Official site

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Time to make a wish. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Musical

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Trivia

The Snowman in many scenes, was not CGI but actually had the voice actor wear the costume. See more »

Goofs

Tom's (age 10) toy airplane disappear and reappears between shots. Tom falls asleep with the airplane in his arms, but when the window opens, Tom's arms are lying on both sides, with no airplane, and back again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Orphan caretaker: That's it. Gently.
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Crazy Credits

The film was dedicated to the director's daughters See more »

Alternate Versions

Imaginaerum- The Other World (Alternate release title with alternative cover art, in Europe and Asia only) See more »

Connections

References The Snowman (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Slow, Love, Slow
Written by Tuomas Holopainen
Performed by Nightwish
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A great ride...
1 December 2012 | by kacsa-etSee all my reviews

As a die-hard Nightwish fan, Imaginaerum was an absolute must-watch for me. I have followed the creation of the project from the very first steps on the band's fb updates, and I was in love with it from the beginning, so I might be a bit biased, but on the other hand I know almost every hardship they had to face during the process of creating a movie. Mind you, this is not your regular Hollywood movie, with 10s of millions on the budget...

The special effects were beautiful in my opinion and considering their budget, they did a spectacular job on bringing this story to life. The jumps from scene to scene might be confusing at first, but every one of them makes sense in the end - it makes one think about them after watching the movie. It also helps if you watch it multiple times. (4 times in my case. :) I flew to Finland just to watch this movie.)

The music is absolutely beautiful and awesome. Petri Alanko did a great job on mixing the original album (released last year). So we have the Score to the movie (released on the 9th of November) which is a perfect fit to the scenes of the movie. Knowing both albums already before watching the movie did help in understanding certain scenes, even made me anticipate some with great curiosity. While I know not everyone who watches it will know or like Nightwish' music as much as I do, I can still recommend listening to the album "Imaginaerum" if you leave the movie theater with too many questions.

Tuomas Holopainen's remark in 2010 about the album fits the movie as well, in my opinion: „To me the album sounds like a roller-coaster ride in a theme park designed by Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton and Salvador Dali." The reference to the story of „The Snowman" works perfectly as well, and personally, I can see some homage to Stephen King's epic story „The Dark Tower" too – which Tuomas Holopainen admits to liking. I don't want to spoil that story to anyone, but the roller-coaster ride in the movie did remind me of the last parts in the last book in that series...

Imaginaerum is not an easy movie. It includes difficult aspects of life that many people have to face (getting old, forgetting your whole life, etc.), and how one can deal with these - accepting the inevitable is important, just as much it is important to forgive. Add a dark, yet amazing fantasy world to this, and you have Imaginaerum – a movie that I wholeheartedly recommend to watch.

PS: Some scenes (e.g. the circus) might be a bit disturbing to some people (children maybe).


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Finland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,275,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$190,819
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Caramel Film See more »
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Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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