This feature film started life as a play written in 1990 by John Mighton, Mighton, who along with some input from Robert Lepage, a Canadian born playwright, actor, and in this case film director, adapted it for the cinema. It is part murder mystery, part science fiction, and part mathematical philosophy, and follows the multiple parallel lives of the mysterious George Barber (Tom McCamus). As the film opens George is found dead - with his brain missing! Two detectives set out to uncover the truth behind this grisly death, and stumble upon several strange characters. We then discover that George is still alive, frequenting many different time periods as he pursues the woman who will eventually become his wife (Tilda Swinton)
It was written in such a way that it would be relevant to any era that is making advancements in neuroscience. This film opens up your mind to the possibilities of alternate dimensions, social constructs or worlds and then throws it to the ground in the end when all of it was a construct of the imagination. It explores the human consciousness, morals and scientific advancement all in one, while adding a bit of romance. It is very discontinuous and hard to follow at times and the viewer must pay close attention to pick up the very subtle messages and themes.
I make no apologies for using someone else’s quote to describe Possible Worlds (2000) a movie that does not make any sense, at least on my first viewing. I would think this film must appeal to a niche audience, but the rest of us would have to watch it a number of times before it became totally clear and to be fair, although certainly intriguing, I’m not sure its worth it?