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quietearth [Celluloid 08.08.12] Finland musical fantasy

Imagined by the keyboardist and song writer for the Finnish metal band Nightwish, Imaginaerum is a fantasy musical which travels through the mind of an old composer who suffers from dementia, and it feels like something Marilyn Manson would do if he were given half the chance. It has a mold of macabre horror with a hint of Alice in Wonderland. I'm guessing Nightwish wants this to be their version of Pink Floyd's The Wall. Finland will see it's release in November.

Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?

The film is a journey between two different dimensions. Tom travels through his imaginary world seeking answers and finding memories, while his daughter, Gem, tries to recover the bond she had once shared with her father in the real world. As they have become more and more distant from each other over the years, and as theres even greater obstacles separating them now Toms coma and his imminent death Gems project feels doomed to failure. However, through Toms darkest secrets, Gem discovers the path she must follow in order to find her father again.

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