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A 2009 ScienceFiction /{{Fantasy}}/{{Romance}}/[[{{Surrealism}} Surrealist]]/[[GenreBusting Unclassifiable]] film.

Jared Leto plays [[AwesomeMcCoolname Nemo Nobody]], the last mortal human in a future (specifically, 2092) where advancements in medical technology have cured us of the processes of old age and death. Nemo is 118 years old, and between psych examinations and an unofficial interview, he has quite the story(s) to tell ...

One of those inexplicably unmarketed but impressively high-budget hidden treasures, the film was shot in Europe and Montreal in 2007, had its festival premiere in 2009, and was finally released in North America, on disc, in 2011. It has not been widely seen yet, but hope for a cult hit springs eternal.

Also starring Creator/DianeKruger, Creator/SarahPolley, Linh-Dan Pham, Creator/RhysIfans, Toby Regbo and Juno Temple.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActingForTwo: Jared Leto and Diane Kruger play several versions of their characters, which are sometimes very different from each other.
* AlliterativeName: Nemo Nobody.
* AlternateTimeline: All the different paths of Nemo's life are alternate timelines to each other.
* AnachronicOrder: Even though we see Nemo's lives unfold mostly linearly, every now and then the story jumps back and forth in years.
* AndYouWereThere: [[spoiler: The journalist who Old!Nemo has been talking to is seen on the train Young!Nemo tries to catch at the end.]]
* AtTheCrossroads: The train station where Young!Nemo has to decide which parent he wants to live with.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Nemo Nobody.
* ButterflyOfDoom: Nemo explicitly states that he lost Anna's phone number because an unemployed Brazilian man, in Brazil, boiled an egg for food, eventually resulting in heavy rains on the day he receives the phone number two days later. He also states the reason the man is unemployed is because Nemo bought a different company's jeans six months prior to the egg boiling incident.
* CatapultNightmare: Nemo, several times.
* CursedWithAwesome: Nemo being able to [[spoiler:remember possible futures]]. It's played with, though, seeing as [[spoiler:this helps him [[TakeAThirdOption make his decision]] in the end.]]
--> '''Anna''': It doesn't seem like it can be much fun,[[spoiler: knowing what's going to happen.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: [[spoiler:Nemo's very elaborate "memories" are technically visions of the future.]]
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Shown throughout the movie.
--> '''Nemo''': We screwed! Everybody was always screwing.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Nemo's hospital room, for starters. The sleeper ship as well.
* FacialMarkings: The psychologist Dr. Feldheimer. He might as well be a [[StarWars Sith]] [[OlderThanYouThink or a Maori.]]
* FlashBack: The whole movie.
* FlashForward: [[spoiler:The whole movie]]! ItMakesSenseInContext.
* FlashSideways: The story often jumps from one timeline/branch to another where Nemo is the same age.
** At the start of the movie, the timelines are interacting. "The sun hurts my eyes" is said by both Elise and Jean in different timelines and Nemo notices. Also, Jean!Nemo misremembers the names of his children as those of Elise!Nemo. Then Elise!Nemo gets a photograph in the mail of Jean!Nemo with Jean and their children. [[spoiler:But then Old!Nemo [[AllJustADream wakes up]].]]
** When Nemo is drowning in any timeline, the story tends to cut to other timelines in which he is also drowning.
* FlirtyStepsiblings: [[spoiler:Nemo and Anna.]] And how!
* ForWantOfANail: Explored:
** Nemo's dad could have not been born.
** Nemo's parents could have met or not.
** Did Nemo call Anna's friends [[spoiler:idiots or not?]]
** Did Nemo's motorcycle [[spoiler:crash or not?]]
* [[FourthDateMarriage First Dance Marriage]]: Jean.
* FramingDevice: Old!Nemo describing his memories, which [[spoiler:are actually covertly framed by Young!Nemo's visions/imagination.]]
* TheFuture: Old!Nemo is in 2092.
* GenreBusting: Let's see ... [[ScienceFiction Sci-Fi]], {{Fantasy}}, {{Romance}}, {{Drama}}, {{Comedy}}, {{Tragedy}}, [[ComingOfAgeStory Coming of Age]], Experimental Film ...
* HumanPopsicle: Standard procedure for a voyage to Mars.
* ImmortalityImmorality: Certainly touched upon in other members of the future society.
* InMediasRes
* IWillWaitForYou: [[spoiler:Nemo and Anna.]] And how. Oh man.
* UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}: Teenage!Nemo writes a story about himself going to Mars, inspired by Elise who makes him promise that if she dies, he'll spread her ashes there. The voyage to Mars actually happens later in the movie, though of course, [[NestedStory we don't know how "real" this event is relative to the other, more realistic timelines]].
* MeetCute: Nemo and Anna meeting on the spaceship counts as one. [[spoiler:Alas, it doesn't last long.]]
** Also, Nemo's parents. It's part of the reason he chooses to be born to them.
* MindScrew: It certainly takes some effort to make sense of the movie's plot.
* MoodSwinger: Elise.
* {{Motifs}}: A few.
** Each of Nemo's three possible love interests has a [[ColorMotif color]] assigned to them, as seen by their clothes from the very first time we see them, the flowers at their marriage, etc:
*** Anna is red.
*** Elise is blue.
*** Jean is yellow.
** The train tracks are shown at various times to represent the branching timelines.
** Water, in all its forms, and the activity of swimming.
** [[FlowerMotifs Poppies]].
** [[ChessMotifs Chess]].
** The leaf.
* MultipleEndings: Nemo's life somehow has them simultaneously.
* NestedStory: Let's see: [[spoiler:Young!Nemo remembers/envisions himself being]] Old!Nemo telling the stories of his life to a journalist and a psychologist; among those memories is the story of him writing a story of himself going to Mars, which is shown to (maybe) happen later in his life in one of the branches.
* OmniscientHero: Nemo is a rare sympathetic example, and it is explored quite well what this means for him.
** His omniscience is relative. He is only able to foresee larger future scenarios and is still surprised by individual events.
* RealityIsOutToLunch: When Nemo wakes up in the argyle world.
* TheReveal:
-->[[spoiler: '''Old!Nemo''' to the journalist: You don't exist. Neither do I. We only live in the imagination of a nine year old child [...] faced with an impossible choice.]]
** This also serves as a RewatchBonus regarding Old!Nemo's line at the beginning of the movie: [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "I am Mr. Nobody. The man who doesn't exist."]]]]
* RuleOfSymbolism
* SceneryPorn
* SchrodingersButterfly: Which Nemo is the one existing right now; [[spoiler:the old one remembering the past or the young one remembering the future]]?
** [[spoiler: Potentially both. Since Old!Nemo did not have his memories wiped by the Angels of Oblivion, thus remembering everything, when the Big Crunch of the Universe occurs at his death and time reverses, ''he remembers everything'' that he did before the death of the Universe, explaining his hearty laugh. But again, that could still be imagined once again by his 9 year old self.]]
* ShoutOut: To TheMatrix.
--> '''Old!Nemo''': Only the Architect knows.
* SpaceClothes: Worn for the voyage to Mars. In that future, everyone's hair look like they just walked out midway through a hair colouring treatment.
* StarCrossedLovers: Nemo and Anna at times seem to be this, as [[spoiler:when Anna moves away, the phone number she gives to Nemo is ruined by the rain, and in one of the Elise!timelines, they die directly after they meet when the spaceship is hit by meteorites.]]
** [[spoiler:LoveTranscendsSpacetime: Still, somehow love still prevails.]]
* {{Surrealism}}: The world with everybody wearing checkered vests, where something like a meta version of Nemo transitions between [[spoiler:imaginary lives]].
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:The path young!Nemo takes in the end. Maybe.]]
* TalkingToHimself: Very briefly on a phone.
* TemporalMutability: Of the branching timelines variety, but [[spoiler:from the past looking into possible futures.]]
* TheirFirstTime: [[spoiler:Anna and Nemo. No planning shown, and no talking needed. So naturally, they succeed.]]
* TimeshiftedActor: Three different actors are used each for Nemo, Anna, Elise, and Jean.
* TimeTravel: [[spoiler:MentalTimeTravel & IntangibleTimeTravel. Young!Nemo has visions of potential futures, branching out with each decision. He at the same time lives through everything and observes it, but is physically still at the train station weighing the decision.]]
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:Old!Nemo's dissatisfaction with the future's lack of cigarettes, edible meat, and the physical act of lovemaking, despite the end of decrepitude and death.]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: In TheFuture, manual labor is apparently still needed to produce simple bicycles, and cheaper on Mars than in China. Go figure!
* XMeetsY: ''Film/DonnieDarko'' meets ''[[TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton Benjamin Button]]'' meets ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' meets ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' meets ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' meets ''Film/TheFall'' meets ''TheFountain'' meets ''Film/BigFish''.