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The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (2016)

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The chronicle of the life and great love of Otto Bloom, an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse - passing backwards through the years only remembering the future.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Xavier Samuel ... Otto Bloom
Rachel Ward ... Ada
Matilda Brown ... Young Ada
Rose Riley ... Suzi Noon
Terry Camilleri ... Bob Simkin
Amber Clayton ... Nora Baron
Jacek Koman ... Miroslaw Kotok
Tyler Coppin ... J.C. Tippit
Suzy Cato-Gashler ... Nell Allen
John Gaden John Gaden ... Prof. Charles Reinier
Richard Cawthorne ... Duane Renaud
Jason Agius ... Young Simkin
Damian Hill Damian Hill ... Bob
Steve Adams Steve Adams ... Sergeant
Milijana Cancar Milijana Cancar ... Arts Correspondent


The chronicle of the life and great love of Otto Bloom, an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse - passing backwards through the years only remembering the future.

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7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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The Life and Death of Otto Bloom See more »


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AUD 1,250,000 (estimated)
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The CSIRO logo briefly displayed on the podium during Ada's presentation was not introduced until 1998. CSIRO did not even have a corporate logo in 1984 when the presentation supposedly occurred. See more »

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Watch And Find Out Who Otto Bloom Is...
10 January 2019 | by FinesseMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Otto Bloom (Xavier Samuel) is a very interesting man. After being found by a local policeman, Otto appears to have amnesia and has no memory of his past. He is then referred to a doctor for further assessment. After conducting a series of tests, it turns out Otto Bloom has amnesia, but has the amazing ability to predict upcoming events. In fact, Otto claims his future is actually his past. This is the story of his life of moving through time... in reverse.

For some of you, reading just the start of my review might make you feel a little confused already and that's ok, lol. The plot alone can be slightly confusing and tricky, but our director has managed to pull off a well filmed story. This is love story, a drama and even carries a little touch of mystery as viewers gain a better knowledge of Otto's life.

The Death And Life of Otto Bloom is presented as a documentary. Much of the film's duration has actors simply facing the camera and telling the story, along with footage, while the movie goes back and forth telling the life of Otto. The film is clever in the way it tells its story.

Many of the film's shots have been taken with an old style 8mm camera (with a 4:3 aspect) and the footage sometimes stuns viewers with the clever use of colours and selected scenes sneaking in black and white tones to help setup dramatic scenes. While the film's camera and editing is brag worthy as an Australian film, I felt the film's sound tracks are used over and over again and completely misses the mark in creating what could have been memorable, moving score.

The film's pacing is also worth mentioning. The film manages to capture a strong story mostly at the start and its finish. After an hour, I was really getting concerned as the film started to move very slowly and wasn't getting anywhere.

Overall, the film The Death and Life of Otto Bloom has a story that would have been challenging to put on the screen. While the film is well acted with clever camera work, the overall story moves at a slow pace. Some scenes I wish we saw in the film are completely skipped over and instead we just get someone staring at the camera explaining a scene instead of us seeing it. I feel this film could have been more enjoyable if it wasn't made like a documentary, and would have been more of a journey we as the audience got to be a part of.


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