Mr. Nobody ( as opposed to my short story) is a 2009 movie starring Jared Leto as Nemo Nobody, a 118 years old man telling a reporter all about the labyrinth of decisions that is his life.
It’s the year 2092, and Nemo is the last mortal on Earth – the rest of the human population having obtained a sort of immortality – but for him it’s still 2009, and he’s 34 years old.
Borrowing a bunch of scientific theories and concepts such as the theory of parallel universes and the butterfly effect, Mr. Nobody uses a non-linear narrative, weaving Nemo’s fragmented memories into a conglomerate of alternate love stories. This is pretty much it.
At the age of 9, following his parents’ divorce, Nemo had to choose between staying with his father in England and leaving with his mother in the United States. An almost impossible decision for a child his age. The scene with the train is one of my favorite movie scenes ever – it’s impressive because it underlines how even the most insignificant of occurrences can set our lives on an entirely different course.
The story follows Nemo both in England and in the United States, breaking the storyline in two.
At the age of 15, Nemo falls in love for the first time. This is when the story breaks once more, into three parts this time: Anna, his true love, is the daughter of his mother’s boyfriend. It’s the unrequited love story of the movie, while Jean and Elise are Nemo’s “options” back in England.
The thing is that each story is different, and Nemo, as a person, ends up being different each time.
A movie about chaos, Mr. Nobody puts the viewer in front of a hypothetical crossroad. There are a lot of meager circumstances that might affect your decision, but ultimately, the idea is that there are no good or bad decisions. Just life happening and a million different actions that might change it forever.