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One man in his time plays many parts
on 15 April 2017
This ambitious and complex surreal SF fantasy certainly challenges the viewer as it explores the consequences resulting from choices made during a human life. The human life in question here is that of 118 year old Nemo Nobody, the last mortal alive in the year 2092. At this time the human race has achieved quasi-immortality through a process involving pigs and the regeneration of cells. Due to his uniqueness Nemo is a television celebrity with the world watching his impending death, eager to discover the meaning of life through his recollections as conveyed to a facially tattooed psychiatrist and a young journalist. What they get (as do we) is a thoroughly confusing and convoluted non-linear narrative involving alternate histories predicated on a key decision made when Nemo was nine years old. The labyrinthine screenplay is undoubtedly baffling at times as we observe Nemo struggling to cope with the repercussions of his decisions, flailing as he encounters love, loss and regret. There are sound performances by most of the actors, in particular Natasha Little as Nemo’s mother and Toby Regbo as Nemo aged 15. However, because of its messiness and disordered structure there are times when the rabbit hole Nemo lures us into begins to feel never-ending and in my case fatigue began to set in around the 100 minute mark. The cinematography is superb throughout with some tremendously arresting visuals and occasionally amazing sight gags. To fully appreciate the quality of this movie I am convinced that repeat viewings will be needed as it invariably establishes itself as a ‘cult classic’ with its intriguing and entertaining perspective on what it is to be human.