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Mr. Nobody

Break down of a Non-Linear Narrative

Ryanne Hollies

on 13 February 2013

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Mr. Nobody Why Non-Linearity? Core Elements The Decisions Techniques VIDEO CLIP The director chose to tell his story in a non-linear fashion because his film is a direct comment on the importance of CHOICE BUTTERFLY EFFECT "Before he was unable to make a choice because he didn't know what would happen. " "In chess it is call Zugzwang...
when the only viable move,

is not to move." A Non- Linear Narrative Mind Map "Now that he knows what will happen, he is unable to make a choice. " Nemo is faced with 3 points in his life where he will make life altering decisions. At age 9 when his parents get divorced
At age 15 when he falls in love
At age 34 when he trapped in adulthood The Director uses Nemo to explore the idea of choice and how our decisions effect our reality.

Nemo explores the many time lines of his life created by making different decisions at the 3 key points.

Once Nemo has explored every possibility he still cannot choose the right path.

He says"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. " STRING THEORY IMPORTANCE OF CHOICE Used throughout the film by the director to remind us that we cannot control the universe. If a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, there is a tropical storm off the coast of Florida. We are always subject to events that are cause by other seemingly unrelated events. This theory allows the director to branch off Nemo's life into many timelines by incorporating unforeseen events caused unknowly by his own previous actions. Jaco van Dormael incorporates explanations of string theory told by Nemo to keep the viewers in the right frame of mind.
The continual references to string theory keep it present in the viewers mind and we can make the connections when the events unfold. It gives the viewer an explanation for everything that they cannot understand in the film. The film is all about choice.
Dormael uses the situations where Nemo must choose to branch off the story If Nemo makes a decision, Dormael will return to that event and Nemo will make a different decision, splitting the time line each time It is also is meant to bring up the argument of the subjective nature of TIME Why should there be an order when there really is no order? Fully developed timelines in every possible direction.
No loop holes. Similar traits in the main character in every timeline. Underlying theme that directly relates to non-linearity Use of Character Unborn Child 118 Year Old Man Dormael uses the narration of the unborn Nemo to lead us through the story forwards. Symbolism of the white room refers to how the boy has yet to make any decision. (Colours represent his different decisions) The unborn boy helps us understand why the story is presented in this chaotic manner. The Old Nemo is narrating us through the story as well, but as a man trying to recall lost memories The memories appear to be lost and mixed up because he does not actually know which timeline is the correct one, as the boy had not chosen. This 118 year old Nemo knows that he does not exist, and is simply made up in the mind of a 9 year old boy trying to choose between his parents The use of the narrative from Nemo at both ages is to develop the theory time being tangible, it is moving both forwards and backwards. TIME - Nemo's birth to the year 2092

WORLDS - there are many worlds explored throughout the narrative

PLACES - New York, Small town in the UK, train station, Earth in 2092, pre-life, and Mars

CHARACTERS - Nemo Nobody, Anna, Jeanne, Elise, Mother, Father, journalist, psychologist. Design Elements By Milton, Arusha, Ryanne and Rubani
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