This is a story of a boy who couldn’t have been silenced by the angel.
I didn’t know the name of the pit between my nose and lips. It’s called Philtrum. In Jewish mythology, every unborn child has been taught all of the wisdom in the universe by the angel, and when they are given birth, the angel makes a promise to keep it secret by putting finger on their mouth. So, the philtrum is a mark of forgetness (I think the angel is mean to put her finger so strong to cave in). This myth is told in the film Mr. Nobody directed by Jaco Van Dormael. After the protagonist Nemo Nobody chooses his parents, he awaits for the angel putting her finger, but he is missed and has to be born with knowing everything happening in future.
In this film, a lot of patterns of his life are miraculously well structured in 157 minutes. Mainly about the choice to select which women of three to stay with, and fundamentally, about the choice whether he stays with his father or leaves with his mother who breaks up their marriage. In addition to those variations of life, scientific terms such as Pigeon Superstition1, Butterfly Effect2, Big Crunch3 are making the narrative convinced. Also, the color arrangement is beautifully and clearly managed on the screen so that we don’t miss the line even though this film has a really complicated plot. I watched Toto the Hero of Dormael, and it has a complicated story too. I adomire that he has a capability to manage such unique plots.
Three woman, Anna and Elise and a Chinese girl. Even the film states that every way is a correct choice, I guess the biggest love was for Anna. I ought not to categorize characters as “main heroine” and “the other losers,” but Anna is the most charming character. I think even Dormael likes her. Of course other girls have impressive episodes such as the conversation of Mars with Elise4, but the story line of Chinese girl is too flimsy that I can’t remember her name5! Me as Asian folks, it’s a little bit sad that an Asian girl has to have boring marriage life…but she is needed to express that there might be a life with the choice carelessly chosen.
I guess Dormael likes to touch a taboo such as an incest relationship. Making love with sister is common in Mr. Nobody and Toto the Hero. If I had a brother or a sister, it would be just disgusting to do such thing…but I like it to see in the art form. I assume Juno Temple is a unique actress more than just beautiful, however in this film, she is unbelievably cute to me. The sequence of “Where Is My Mind,” playing in a room with no parents, is undoubtfully pretty, and it makes me to wish if I had an intimate person…
The film is concluded with the scenery of Big Crunch, everything reverses into the first place, and infanthood Nemo and Anna playing together. I feel Amor fati lying under the film as theme. Amor fati (which means love of fate) is a concept insisted by Friedrich Nietzsche, which is to love your fate even if you’re standing on the world of the eternal recurrence6. This film tend to be considered as the story of possibilities in life, but I feel like it’s more than just about life. It’s about a love, which you would throw away other choices, and the decision to live with that love over and over again.
Directed and Written by
Jaco Van Dormael
Starring Jarred Leto
- In experiment, pigeons are fed when they succeed to put a button, and they learn the casual relationship. After doing it, start feeding them by a timer, so that pigeons are confused to wonder why they deserve to be fed. By this experience, the pigeons acquires a habit to repeat a behavior which they made just before they’re fed.
- A small butterfly’s flap turns to a storm on the other side of the earth. Any little events can cause huge difference in result.
- After Big Bang, the universe is keep spreading out on entropy. However, Big Crunch Theory describes that the universe starts to shrink by its own gravity at some point, and in the shrinking universe, irreversible things (such as smoke, a shuttered glass, love) turn back to the initial state.
- “Tell me about yourself” asks Elise, and Nemo answers “Gravity on Mars is 0.38” I love this scene because this is the moment young and unstable 2 sensitivities overlaps together. I cannot hate her thanks for the scene.
- She is Jeanne.
- the concept insists there is no after life or salvation, and we have to live our lives over and over again in the exact same way. This concept is based on the fact that the quantity of matters in the universe is limited however the time is unlimited, in the vast time processing, the same combination of physical behavior shall happen.