Mr. Nobody, 2009. A science fiction drama film. Written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael. Starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo and Juno Temple.
The film tells the life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118 year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. Nemo, memory fading, refers to his three main loves and to his parents’ divorce and subsequent hardships endured at three critical junctions in his life: at age nine, fifteen, and thirty-four. Alternate life paths branching out from each of those critical junctions are examined. The narrative often changes course with the flick of a different possible decision at each of those ages. The film uses nonlinear narrative and the many-worlds interpretation style.
It is explained that before birth, children remember everything that will happen in their lives, but at the moment of conception, the Angels of Oblivion make them forget everything. The Angels, however, by either deliberate or accidental oversight, pass over Nemo and thereby allow him to “remember” different possible futures for himself. But first he must choose his parents from a variety of candidate couples. Then at age 9, his second choice occurs after their divorce when he has to decide with whom he will live. At a railway station he is forced to choose as his mother leaves on a train while his father stands on the platform. In one case he runs to reach the train and his mother manages to pull him in while in another he stays with his father.