A 2009 Science Fiction /Fantasy/Romance/Surrealist/Unclassifiable film.Jared Leto plays 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 Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Toby Regbo and Juno Temple.
This film provides examples of:
Acting for Two: Jared Leto and Diane Kruger play several versions of their characters, which are sometimes very different from each other.
Butterfly of Doom: 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.
Flash Sideways: 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. But then Old!Nemo wakes up.
When Nemo is drowning in any timeline, the story tends to cut to other timelines in which he is also drowning.
Nested Story: Let's see: 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.
Omniscient Hero: 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.
Schrödinger's Butterfly: Which Nemo is the one existing right now; the old one remembering the past or the young one remembering the future?
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.
Space Clothes: Worn for the voyage to Mars. In that future, everyone's hair look like they just walked out midway through a hair colouring treatment.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Nemo and Anna at times seem to be this, as 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.
Temporal Mutability: Of the branching timelines variety, but from the past looking into possible futures.
Their First Time: Anna and Nemo. No planning shown, and no talking needed. So naturally, they succeed.
Timeshifted Actor: Three different actors are used each for Nemo, Anna, Elise, and Jean.
Time Travel: Mental Time Travel & Intangible Time Travel. 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.
Utopia Justifies the Means: 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.