On the morning of the 22th of April, I woke up from a floating dream. A couple of days before that, a friend had posted some scenes from his upcoming short film, and it probably had stayed on my mind, to appear again in my dreams. Floating images led me to a floaty wake-up and a dreamy day. And I enjoyed it like that.
|The outstanding Jared Leto, that let us dream with|
him and Nemo
So, at night, when came the time when to chose a movie for the day, it had to be one that keep me on dreaming... And I made the right choice with Mr. Nobody.
There are many sayings about cinema being a place of dreams... some of them refer to the delusional and fantastic aspects. That's all right, because cinema is a gigantic universe that can be a lot of things. In Mr. Nobody, this saying is more literal.
A dream can be very hard to explain when we woke up... With open eyes, its images became blurry, and what seemed so clear while dreaming, is hard to define in words or rational thinking. However, even if we are not able to understand it rationally or clarify it, dreams usually make a lot of sense to the dreamer, even the apparently absurd ones. Without explanation, our whole life, and even aspects beyond that, are there for us to access it.
In this sense also a movie can be like a dream.
Dreaming with the beautiful and heartbreaking images of Mr. Nobody, it is frivolous seek for explanation. We are so many in our own, many possibilities, so much potential, so little time to live them... that life is a dream in itself, all this aspects living in us all together, even if we think some of them are not real.
But they are. Some of aspects in Nemo's life made me cry so sadly - they are so close to life, that there was no way I couldn't get emotional... some had enchanted me... or got me intrigued. And there's love, of course, heartbreaking kinds of love. During the whole movie, I wished that it wouldn't have to end. And I got my wish. Life goes on and on and on and on, despite the final credits in the movie.
In front of the apparently crazy (but actually accurate) story of Nemo Nobody, we must not hold to reason and thinking. We should allow ourselves to just flow with him, in his many possibilities - possibilities that a 9 years old Nemo claims to end when we make a choice. As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible...
There are, by the way, many reasonable "truths" repeated by him in the movie - "we see what exists" is one of them. But there's no popular saying or scientific believes able to reach what life is. Maybe only the narratives carved in dreams can do that.
And who are we to disagree?
|Mr. Nobody. Directed and writen by Jaco Van Dormael. With: Jared Leto,|
Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley, Toby Regbo. Belgium/Germany/Canada/France,
2009, 141 min., Dolby Digital, Color (DVD).
PS: There are many musical references about dreams in Mr. Nobody. One of them are pretty obvious, but a favorite of mine: Eurythmics Sweet dreams are made of this (who am I to disagree?). The first time I met it in a fictional narrative was in Sandman, by Neil Gaiman, in Preludes and Nocturnes, when Morpheus sends not so subtle messages to John Constantine. The song is and probably always will be very evocative of this time.
PPS: Fragments: Orphan Black season 3, episode 1 (oh, disappointment... I truly hope that the story doesn't get so entangled that there will be nothing left of the good plots presented in the two first ones).