Mr. Nobody

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Mr. Nobody

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A tale that spans different time zones of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.8/10 (29,980 voted)

Director: Jaco Van Dormael

Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger

In the year 2092, one hundred eighteen year old Nemo is recounting his life story to a reporter. He is less than clear, often times thinking that he is only thirty-four years of age. But his story becomes more confusing after he does focus on the fact of his current real age. He tells of his life at three primary points in his life: at age nine (when his parents divorced), age sixteen and age thirty-four. The confusing aspect of the story is that he tells of alternate life paths, often changing course with the flick of a decision at each of those ages. One life path has him ultimately married to Elise, a depressed woman who never got over the unrequited love she had for a guy named Stefano when she was a teenager and who asked Nemo to swear that when she died he would sprinkle her ashes on Mars. A second life path has him married to Jean. Their life is one of luxury but one also of utter boredom...

Jared Leto - Nemo Adult / Old Nemo
Sarah Polley - Elise Adult
Diane Kruger - Anna Adult
Linh Dan Pham - Jean Adult (as Linh-Dan Pham)
Rhys Ifans - Father Nemo
Natasha Little - Mother Nemo
Toby Regbo - Nemo age 15
Juno Temple - Anna age 15
Clare Stone - Elise age 15
Thomas Byrne - Nemo age 9
Audrey Giacomini - Jean age 15
Laura Brumagne - Anna age 9
Allan Corduner - Dr. Feldheim
Daniel Mays - Young Journalist
Michael Riley - Harry

Taglines: Nothing is real, everything is possible.


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 6 November 2009

Filming Locations: ACB Factory, Rue de Stassart 32, Anderlecht, Brussels-Capital, Belgium

Box Office Details

Budget: $47,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $2,331,721 (Worldwide) (30 May 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)  | (Director's Cut)

Did You Know?

An earlier, longer, work-in-progress version of the film was rejected for competition by Cannes, which offered that cut of "Mr. Nobody" a out-of-competition berth.

Revealing mistakes: Various characters have British accents when they're younger and American accents when they are older, or vice versa.

Elise: What are you doing today?
Nemo Nobody adult: I was thinking about taking the opportunity to wash the car.
Elise: What's the deal with that car?
Nemo Nobody adult: What do you mean?
Elise: Why do you take such good care of that car while you leave me here all alone? What's the problem with the car?
Nemo Nobody adult: [goes outside to set the car on fire, then goes back to Elise] There's no more problem with the car.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

Just caught the north American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. This is my first IMDb comment, doing it cause i saw no one else has written anything yet.

Jaco is an absolutely brilliant writer/director. I haven't seen too many art-house films, but I was pleasantly surprised by the tone which wasn't too serious, or pretentious. There were laugh out loud moments during a movie with themes concerning choice, destiny, and metaphysics.

I was enamoured by the love story, it was feel good without being Hollywood.

The visuals were amazing. I believe that Jaco explained that he used different DP's to film the different possible lives of Mr. Nobody. There were scenes set in the year 2092 that were absolutely stunning on the big screen.

I found the soundtrack to be awesome. Any movie with "Mr. Sandman" and "Where is my mind?" is alright by me.

The movie was extremely imaginative, original, funny, and will probably have me thinking about it and my own life for days after viewing.

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