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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Whitman - age 70 (as Francis-Xavier McCarthy)
... Tom's Nurse
... Arabian Dancer (as Hélène Robitaille)
... Mr. White / Theodore Whitman
... Mr. White (voice)
Victoria Jung ... Ann - age 8 (as Victoria Ann Jung)
Kathleen Fee ... Tracy Gainman (voice) (as Katheleen Fee)
... Gem Whitman
... Tom Whitman - age 10
... Dr. Jansson
... Ann - age 73
Keyanna Fielding ... Gem Whitman - age 7
... Ann
Emppu Vuorinen ... Emil
Marco Hietala ... Marcus


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 »


Drama | Fantasy | Musical


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Release Date:

18 March 2013 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Imaginaerum by Nightwish  »

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Box Office


$4,275,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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

The production crew is credited as "Imagineers" See more »


References The Snowman (1982) See more »


Slow, Love, Slow
Written by Tuomas Holopainen
Performed by Nightwish
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A Fine Story - you have to wait for
25 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Having just finished watching this, and then reading the other reviews I am at a loss for all the fuss about the sub par special effects. They looked a lot better than the 250 million dollar Oz the Great and Powerful, which felt sadly fake in near every scene, and both movies are fantasy, so I saw nothing lacking in the special effects. The dialog in the opening of the movie for about 20 minutes is really just not great, but being a fan of Nightwish I stayed with the movie, and was glad to do so by the halfway mark. The other reviewers pointed out the homages so I will skip them. Coming at this film after seeing Tommy, The Wall, and Harry Potter films, I was not left in the lurch as many were about what was going on. I knew darn well I was seeing symbolism at every turn and was enthralled by it. The scene where the generations overlap in their pain was pure brilliance on the screen. I had never seen optics used in such a way to juxtapose two time periods and create a mood while still piling on the symbolism to even deeper meanings. The skipped words between characters in certain scenes is tasty for those who like being appreciated by the filmmakers to be smart enough to recognize what they were - like with the combination. It may not start out tidy but it gets that way. I was surprised by the idea that it was a movie with music and not a music movie. I was under the impression it would be more like Tommy than The Wall, it's not. The brief appearances by the band did leave me wanting way more, because I am fan of the group, but it didn't hurt the movie a bit. If only the beginning was as good as the rest I would give it all the stars, but it does open so poorly it would not be honest.

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