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Mr. Nobody Movie Review

Mr. Nobody review

Emotion/Theme: Wake-Up Call, Self Concept, Awakening, The Script is Written, Quantum Physics, Metaphysical, Time
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year: 2009
Duration: 141 minutes
Country: USA
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Actors: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger


Mr. Nobody examines the core belief that we can find happiness if we make the right choices in life. We can’t; it’s impossible. The belief that we have real choices is cherished by the ego and keeps us striving for happiness. Mr. Nobody shows us that it is not true, that free will on earth is a huge deception. All the choices of this world are made in the oblivion of forgetting God. Not one of them is real. They are all meaningless distractions, and all of them lead to the same place: death. 

In the movie, Nemo Nobody acts out several life scripts. Early on, the boy Nemo has to choose whether to live with his father or his mother. We see each of these choices played out over multiple lifetime scenarios with multiple life partners. They don’t work out happily. Would different choices have been better? We see many different choices played out and none of them leads to happiness.

The realization that nothing we’ve tried will ever work and that such choices are meaningless is cause for celebration. We come to the point where we see that the only meaningful choice is not to choose. This frees us to let go of all the wrong-minded choices of the world and decide instead for right-mindedness; we decide for the Holy Spirit’s transcendent purpose of forgiveness. A good question to ask is: Will this strengthen and reinforce my belief in linear time or will this loosen my belief in linear time?

Scenarios of Nemo’s life with three different partners are cut and mixed in a confusing manner. This montage is masterfully put together to start to loosen our mind from trying to make any sense of bodies or of the world. We get a feel for the ego manipulation of images in the deceived mind, making them up and stringing them together with false cause-and-effect associations. This rat race of images is simply a trick to distract us from the holistic perception of Spirit.

Nemo seems to age through time, from pre-natal to 117 years old. But the scenes are cut and spliced in a way that undoes the linear perspective. In one scene the adult Nemo gives a talk on how, according to physics, time can as easily move backwards as forwards. The lock of linear time on our mind begins to loosen. We can sense that linear time is just a construct, covering over simultaneity. The ego made linear time so you would avoid accepting the Atonement, because if you accept the Atonement the ego is out of business.

We learn in A Course in Miracles that miracles collapse time and that time is transcended in the holy instant. As we undo linear time and attachment to specifics in the mind, we rise to the dreamer-of-the-dream perspective. This is the experience that brings us freedom and happiness, just like Nemo at the end of the movie! Laughing all the way home!

Metaphysical goodie quotes:

Nemo age 9: You have to make the right choice. As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible.

Nemo Nobody aged 118: Every path is the right path. Everything could've been anything else. And it would have just as much meaning.

Nemo Nobody aged 118: Before he was unable to make a choice because he didn't know what would happen. Now that he knows what will happen, he is unable to make a choice.

Nemo age 9: I can remember a long time ago. Long before my birth. I was waiting with those who were not yet born. When we're not born yet, we know everything. Everything that will happen. When it's your turn, the Angels of Oblivion place a finger on your mouth. "Shh..." It leaves a mark on the upper lip. It means that you have forgotten everything. But the angels missed me.

Young journalist: Everything you say is contradictory. You can't have been in one place and another at the same time. Of all those lives, which one is the right one?
Nemo Nobody aged 118: Each of these lives is the right one! Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning.

[first lines]
Nemo Nobody adult: Like most living creatures, the pigeon quickly associates the pressing of the level with the reward. But when a timer releases a seed automatically every 20 seconds, the pigeon wonders, what did I do to deserve this? If it was flapping its wings at the time, it will continue to flap, convinced that its actions have the decisive influence on what happens. We call this "pigeon superstition".
Nemo Nobody adult: [cut to Nemo on a gurney] What did I do to deserve this?


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