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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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A dark dream. A dying memory. A hidden regret. One last ride. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Musical

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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:

Imaginaerum by Nightwish See more »

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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Trivia

The film was originally titled "Imaginarium" until the band chose to change the name to prevent mix ups with other media. 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 production crew is credited as "Imagineers" See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Slow, Love, Slow
Written by Tuomas Holopainen
Performed by Nightwish
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An illustration of our greatest voyage - Life
4 May 2013 | by lauluisaSee all my reviews

Finnish Book of the Dead. Or perhaps of Dying. Or perhaps of Living? This film is imagined to life by the band Nightwish. Don't get me wrong - you can watch it even if you haven't heard of them at all. But it would be a bit like watching Dune without having read the books. If you are a Nightwish fan, this is a must see. I'm a fan myself, not die-hard, but still fan enough to have all their albums and having listened to them many times over. I loved seeing them in the film, I enjoyed seeing Tuomas, Marco and the rest very much. I used to cherish Tarja-era Nightwish and rejoice to hear Floor joining them, but I didn't appreciate Anette much and felt ashamed because of it. Now I'm happy to have shed my guilt and to appreciate Anette much more. But back to the film. Right away I have to draw a few parallels: The Velocity of Gary, The Book of Stars and Big Fish jumped to mind. Tim Burton has been rightly mentioned here already. This is a film to be contemplated and returned to and, as such, it is definitely not a kiddie movie. I've seen my fair share of fantasy flicks in my time and wasn't in the mood to add one more to the collection, but, as the story - or rather, the flashbacks of a fading mind - progresses, the fantasy becomes a visual framework to illustrate the story and the ideas behind it - and the story doesn't get beaten up and buried by special effects. That'll be the first, yeah? I wish Hollywood would learn this neat trick - to preserve the story, despite all the visual fireworks. Perhaps its the budget? If Hollywood would cut a few billions off the CGI department, maybe the movies would become better? Imaginaerum is beautiful as a whole: the special effects are stunning (unless you're a Transformers fan), the cast look like they really care about the story - which does become clearer towards the end - and it's all well carried by the soundscape (by Nightwish). I live and breathe science fiction and for me it is always about us, human beings (unless it is really badly written). Imaginaerum is - at least for me - about the human spirit, about our essence. It is about us striving to finish the last page of our story - even if everything around us - or we ourselves - is falling apart and fading into nothingness. "As for me," said the little prince to himself, "if I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I should walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water." ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


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