Synopsis: Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiancé, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life.
Director(s): Jonathan Glazer
Production: New Line Cinema
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Okay... let me say this.

Let me say this.

If I lost my wife and, uh,

the next day, a little bird

landed on my windowsill,

looked me right in the eye,

and in plain English said,

"Sean, it's me, Anna. I'm back,"...

What could I say?

I guess I'd believe her. Or I'd want to.

I'd be stuck with a bird.

But other than that, no.

I'm a man of science.

I just don't believe that mumbo-jumbo.

Now, that's gonna have

to be the last question.

I need to go running

before I head home.


Oh. Excuse me.

I forgot the ribbon.

Come on.

I don't want to go up alone.

I'll be a minute.

Hi, I--

I met Anna at a party.

And I called her to see if she'd

go out with me, but she said no.

But I kept calling.

It took one year

to get her to have dinner with me.

A year after that,

I asked her to marry me.

She said no.

A year later, I asked her again

and she still said no.

Two weeks ago...

she said "Maybe."

Tonight I stand before you

with a "Yes."


- How are you?

- Good.

I left, uh, the ribbon

in the car.

I'll be up in a minute.


- Congratulations.

- Oh, thanks.

Would you like me to wrap it?

Make it look pretty.



It's been a long time.

This is a good thing.


- Hi.

- Hi.

I'm Joseph.

- This is--

- Clifford.


Nice speech.

I've heard a lot about you.

Clara's here.

She forgot a ribbon.

- Oh.

- For your present.

So I better go and wait for her.

Enjoy the festivities.

I will. We will.

Thank you.

I liked what you said.



One minute!

I'm coming!

Let's eat this thing.

Bob, would you carve?


Are the Drummonds here?

Where are the Drummonds?

They called. They said

they're gonna be late.

That they'd be here

for the cake.


Anna's made a decision.


You've picked a date?

- The merry month of May.

- Fantastic.

- Joe, congratulations.

- Thank you, Bob.

I wanted to tell her.

It's my wedding.

Can't I be excited?

May's a great month.

Nice and warm.

- Well done, Joseph.

- Thank you.


Are you coming

to Eleanor's party?

No. I want to see Anna.

I used to take lessons

and then I stopped.

I--I wish I hadn't.

We're gonna do the cake.

Sorry we're late.

In the dining room.

Thank you.

Here we are.

Can you get the knife for her?

Look at that.

No, I don't believe it.

Nice work.

Make a wish, Eleanor.

Laura and Anna

on each side of me.

Happy birthday, Mother.

Happy birthday, Mom.

I'm here to see Anna.

Who are you?

Who are you?

Let's go into the kitchen.

I'll tell you there.

Are you gonna play

a trick on me?



He wants to talk to me in private.

Could you believe that?

What do you want?


You want me?

Is that what you're saying?

You're my wife.

We're married? You're telling me

that we got married at some point in time?


Well... I'm getting married to Joseph.

He's a little bit older than you.

We have a little bit more in common.

But if the timing was

a little bit different, who knows? Maybe.

You're a handsome little boy.

But I'm getting married to someone else.

It's me...


You're telling me

that you're Sean?


Let's go.

You'll be making a big mistake

if you marry Joseph.

Jimmy, do you know

who this is?


Does he live in the building?


Then put him in a taxi

and send him home.


Do you know how

to take the subway?

- Yeah.

- You're not supposed to be here tonight.

Go home.


He says he's Sean.



His name was Sean.

No, really.

Jimmy said downstairs.

He says he doesn't want me

to marry Joseph.

He said I shouldn't marry you.

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Jean-Claude Carrière

Jean-Claude Carrière (French: [ka.ʁjɛʁ]; born 17 September 1931) is a French novelist, screenwriter, actor, and Academy Award honoree. He was an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud and was president of La Fémis, the French state film school. Carrière was a frequent collaborator with Luis Buñuel on the screenplays of Buñuel's late French films. more…

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