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Mr. Nobody Review - The Many Worlds Interpretation

By Noémie Demol

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Initially released at the 66th Venice International Film Festival on September 12, 2009, the movie “Mr. Nobody” is now on screen in the US. It was written and directed by the Belgian film director Jaco Van Dormael, produced by Philippe Godeau, and starred Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo and Juno Temple.

 

Mr. Nobody

 

Since its original release, this science fiction drama movie has become a cult film, winning the André Cavens Award and the Audience Award for Best European Film at the European Film Awards. It was also named by many one of the best films of the year and received seven Magritte Award nominations, winning Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Editing.

The beginning of the movie takes place in the year 2092. Nemo Nobody (portrayed by Jared Leto) is a 118-year-old man, the last mortal on Earth. The human race has conquered mortality through an endless renewal of cells and the world is now watching Mr. Nobody on their television screens, curious about his past and how life was when humans were mortals. Nemo (Latin word meaning "nobody") starts to recall his memories. Viewing the mortal life, where cars still exist and people still eat, from a futuristic world’s perspective is fascinating.  

 

Nemo Nobody, the last mortal on Earth

 

The film uses the Many Worlds Interpretation to tell the story of Nemo's life. All possible alternative histories are real, each representing an actual world. The reality is viewed as a branched tree. It implies that everything that could possibly have happened in our past, but did not, has occurred in alternate universes.

By viewing the reality as a many branched tree, the movie depicts Nemo’s past at three main moments in his life: at age nine, fifteen and thirty-four. At each of these stages, Nemo has to make choices that will affect his future in different parallel universes. At age nine, when his parents get divorced, Nemo has to make the choice to live with his mother in Canada, or his father in England. Two different universes and an infinity of possibilities rise from this decision.

 

An infinity of possibilities rise from a decision

 

At age fifteen, comes love. Within these two universes, Nemo could have lived three different marriages, results of other life decisions. We have now three universes within the previous ones that were originally created by a first decision. At the age of thirty four, we see how Nemo’s life could have been, as an impact of his previous choices.

These alternate life paths are depicted in a nonlinear narrative. The events are portrayed out of chronological order and do not follow the direct causality pattern of the events featured. The movie also delves into an unusual aspect: life before birth. The Angels of Oblivion forget Nemo, and the boy has to make the decision of choosing his parents before birth.

Out of the box, smart but also humorous, the science fiction drama “Mr. Nobody” is a must see for each of us who has an information sponge within.

Published on Nov 09, 2013

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