A movie everyone should see is Mr. Nobody. Not only because of Jared Leto (I mean, those eyes!) but because the movie touches upon some themes most people think or wonder about. My annoyingly intelligent colleague recommended the movie to me. He has a few years more life experience than me so I presumed I had to follow his advice. So I did. Mostly because of Jared Leto and his enormous and beautiful blue eyes. And because I'm a lover of films. And guess what: Mr. Nobody is a gem, a pearl. The kind of pearl you find in a hard to find and impossible to open oyster. But when you finally find that pearl, the more satisfied you feel. 

It's the year 2092 and the 118-year old Nemo Nobody, played by Leto, is telling the story of his life to a reporter. He tells this story from three different perspectives:  when he was 9, when he was 16 and when he was 34 years old. That's where it gets tricky.. He's talking about alternative lives and he switches between these lives while telling the story. But the starting point is always the same: A young Nemo stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. He needs to choose between going with his mother or staying with his father. Infinite possibilities arise from this decision and as long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. The movie shows these possibilities depending on what choice he makes. What if he chooses to stay with his dad? And what will happen when he goes with his mom?

Still following me? No? That's okay. Because it's not really about the movie, but more about what the movie did to me as a person. It made me think. And more importantly: it made me think about my own life and my own choices. And that doesn't happen often. The thinking, yes, that does happen often, I wish I stopped thinking once in a while. But movies don't usually make me think this long and hard about something, let alone about my own life.

The movie is essentially an experience revolving around the notion of choice. It questions the importance or futility of decisions, it questions randomness, it asks what our lives are made of. I started wondering about those two little words: what if? What if, at a certain point in my life, I went left instead of right. Would I have the same life I have right now? The same friends? The same boyfriend? The same job? Infinite possibilities and endless questions. Does it really matter what we choose? Aren't we just going to end up in the same place, no matter what our choices are? Is there something called faith, or destiny? 

One scene in particular really spoke to me. There isn't even any talking in it, it's just a fast recording of train tracks that are overlapping and going in different directions. I was hypnotised. I can't really explain it. Missed opportunities, choices made. Why did I choose that train track instead of that other one? What if I chose the other one? Would I be at the exact same place I am right now? Probably not. But maybe my end destination would be the same. Because different train tracks can lead to the same destination. The roads taken were just different. But the last stop is the same. 

Published by Lisa Mulder