With love and passion comes sin and strife, this is the theme throughout Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People. Is the curse of the cat people a figment of their imagination, are they alive and well, or is there a panther on the loose? Cat People tells the story of Irene and Oliver as they fall in love and reconcile the difficulties of marriage.
Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody is an ambitious project in terms of concept and structure. The film dissects life’s struggles and achievements through an examination of infinite choices, possibilities, and outcomes. Nothing happens in a vacuum, and this film functions as a vehicle to demonstrate this idea. An individual’s path in life can be broken down into a series of junctions defined by choices, actions, and responses. Each junction setting the stage for the next and influenced by the previous. Dormael accents this powerful exploration of the human mind with a mosaic of differing camera shots and editing styles. The final result is a challenging concept that loses some of the impact through convolution.