Mr. Nobody

Mr. Nobody

Streaming Video - 2014
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MR. NOBODY tells the life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. On his deathbed, Nemo shares his life story with a reporter and reviews the choices he made along the way. Yet even with his last breath, a pivotal decision awaits to conclude his destiny. Extended director's cut.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 155 min.)) :,sd., col
Alternative Title: Mister Nobody

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kevinorth
May 30, 2019

From a linear, logical, s traditionally structured perspective it makes absolutely no sense. If you appreciate all time is now and there are possible alternate realities that we can explore, investigate, and empower our future selves to embody. It makes perfect sense.

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AlexisCreekBPL
Jan 06, 2019

Worth seeing if you like time slip films as a genre, or if you're interested in seeing excellent performances by Sarah Polley and Jared Leto. (It's astonishing how Ms P transforms herself from a stunning bride to a deeply disturbed young mother. ) There are several interesting story lines in the film. Unfortunately they are not developed to their potential, because they exist to serve the idea of how different accidental events can produce very different results in life. The film is too ambitious, and way too long, because it tries to fit in too many variant plot lines, and most of them are interesting enough that we'd like to see more of that one, thanks. Sliding Doors did better with two time lines in one feature film of normal length. Being Erica manages a bunch more, in a series format. Sadly, too much of the film is set in a fanciful future, that just doesn't work, and in another time line where everyone wears black and white argyle and there seems to be a Truman-show like suggestion that it's all a fantasy of some kind. I wasn't surprised to see that this film is a French production. It has a lot of terrific images and bid-idea themes, and you expect that they're all carefullly calculated to fit together in a way that you'll be able to figure out, as in Cloud Atlas or Donny Darko. Sadly not. The script tries hard to be intellectually dense but it's just prententious. But it was well worth watching, for the performances. About 60% of the running time is quite good, and you have to sit through the rest, to experience that.

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furnituresb
Sep 12, 2018

Great movie. Told in a non-linear narrative in alternate possible universes. You must watch it to the end to understand the story.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

A nine-year-old boy facing an impossible decision, and knowing all the possible outcomes from all the decisions he makes; should he go with his mom or stay with his Dad? It all really depends on what kind of life he wants to live. Nemo Nobody is the last mortal person living on earth. This amazing film is like nothing I've ever seen before, the concept is entirely new to me. However, I hated all the jump-cuts going from different timelines, it's really confusing, but all in all, I like the film for its story and especially the ending.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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BabyDuck68
Aug 19, 2017

I found this movie a little confusing at first, but once I figured out what was going on, it wasn't that bad. It's basically about making life decisions and their consequences.

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bamar097
Aug 08, 2017

A very good film- I think it's underrated when people call it whimsical or pretentiously 'smart' or simply a weird artistic movie. There's a lot more to it than that. If Inception, Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind and Cloud Atlas had a baby, it would be this movie. It does have an intellectual/ analytical feel which is not everyone's cup of tea, but it also had enough touchy-feely young love arch in the plot-which was a bit of an eye roll if you're not into that. The main character Nemo was interesting enough that you want to see his story through.

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3reading4stem2011
Jun 17, 2016

This movie was almost a waste of time. They had a good idea,but they almost ruined it.The main character's story track keeps jumping from one choice 's result to another and the only warning you get sometimes is a bunch of blurred Train Tracks. They had a lot of potential with this story,but they trashed it. If they would of had a bigger budget they could have made something worthy of watching.

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Karl_Derrick
Feb 21, 2016

The potential was there, but the execution failed as the film was overly Hetero-Centric with a romance heavy leaning. Every choice was the same (hetero-romantic). The butterfly effect, Mars, making choices are all valid points of study, but I felt like I was watching a teen hetero coming of age film. It got boring.

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RoseyCoffee
Jan 22, 2016

This movie came out in 2009 and I hadn't heard about it until 2016 - that's a lie - I hadn't heard about it at all, I just discovered it and gave it a spin. What a great film!
Visually stunning. Cerebral. Captures young love without going to nudity. Leaves more questions than answers. Interesting and lovely, this film never lets you stop wondering.
What is it about? That is unanswerable as is the identity of Mr. Nobody.

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Monolith
Dec 27, 2015

I didn't really *truly* know what the hell took place in this film until I got writer/director Jaco Van Dormael's explanation in the special features. It's in his infinite wisdom to dumbfound the viewer. I wasn't overly fond of the chaotic puzzle, but I get the point; the power of choice. Great cast and visuals, though.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2014

Nemo age 9: You have to make the right choice. As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible.

Nemo Nobody aged 118: Every path is the right path. Everything could've been anything else. And it would have just as much meaning.

Nemo Nobody aged 118: Before he was unable to make a choice because he didn't know what would happen. Now that he knows what will happen, he is unable to make a choice.

Nemo Nobody aged 118: Each of these lives is the right one! Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning.

Nemo age 9: In chess, it's called Zugzwang... when the only viable move...
Nemo Nobody aged 118: ...is not to move.

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jimg2000
Aug 23, 2014

Mother: "That's not possible. No one knows the future."
Nemo: "But I can remember it."
Mother: "You remember the past, not the future."
Nemo: "But me, I can. Sometimes things happen and I have the feeling that they've already happened before."
Mother: "Well, that's deja-vu. It happens to everyone from time to time."
Nemo: "No. It's because of the Angels of Oblivion. They didn't put their finger on me."

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jimg2000
Aug 23, 2014

Nemo age 9: You have to make the right choice. As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible.

Nemo Nobody aged 118: Every path is the right path. Everything could've been anything else. And it would have just as much meaning.

Nemo Nobody aged 118: Before he was unable to make a choice because he didn't know what would happen. Now that he knows what will happen, he is unable to make a choice.

Nemo Nobody aged 118: Each of these lives is the right one! Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning.

Nemo age 9: In chess, it's called Zugzwang... when the only viable move...
Nemo Nobody aged 118: ...is not to move.

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gage2010
Jun 22, 2014

gage2010 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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