Synopsis: "Downsizing" follows a kindly occupational therapist who undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Alexander Payne
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
135 min


Yeah, you okay?

We have it.

Andreas, we have it.

It works.


It gives me great pleasure

to welcome

the director of the institute

and my old friend,

Dr. Andreas Jacobsen.

Thank you.

Thank you, Dr. Pereira.

Seventy-five years ago,

Mrs. Nellie Edvardsen,

overcome with guilt

by the fortune

her late husband's

family had amassed

producing mustard gas

during World War I,

founded our institute

so that the wonders of science

could instead be used

to help mankind.

In the 1950s,

the institute identified


as mankind's single

greatest long-term threat,

the cause of all the catastrophes

we are seeing today--

extreme climate and

weather events,

and the devastating impact

on food and water security.

Among the many solutions we

conceived so many years ago,


which seemed then

so ambitious, so

out of our grasp

has finally borne fruit.

And today we are proud to unveil

what we fervently believe

to be the only practical,

humane and inclusive remedy

to humanity's greatest problem.

My colleague,

Dr. Jorgen Asbjornsen

will now present his findings.

Are you ready, doctor?

Yes, I'm ready.

Please take your seats.

Please sit down, ladies

and gentlemen, please.

Please take your seats,

ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

Thank you, thank you.

Dr. Pereira, esteemed colleagues.

Five years ago,

building on the research of our

predecessors at the institute,

my team and I

discovered a process

by which all organic

material can be reduced

at the cellular level

by a ratio of approximately

2,744 to one.

Such a process converts

a man of 1.8 meters

to just 12.9 centimeters.

A wide array of flora and fauna

were subjected in this process

and with the exception

of some fish and shellfish,

absolutely no side effects

were detected.

Please, lights.

Once the safety of the

procedure was confirmed,

thirty-six brave volunteers

joined my wife

Anne-Helene and me

as the very first humans

to undergo cellular reduction.

The process is short

and painless,

with only the mild

discomfort of removal

and replacement of dental

and other prosthetics.

The subjects are placed

under light sedation,

and after a brief rest,

fully recover within

an hour or two.

Once completed,

our little village,

just seven meters

by eleven meters,

was place inside

a gas-permeable enclosure

designed to protect us

from the hazards of weather,

animals and insects.

Thus we set about

to live together

in the world's

very first self-sustaining

community of the small.

I hold here in my hand

all of the uncompostable waste

produced by 36 people

over four years.

In this afternoon's session,

we will outline our proposal for a

two to three-hundred year transition

for the world to transform

from big into small.

But for now,

I'd like you all to meet

some very special people.




And look,

there is little Ronnie Nesthritt,

the first small baby ever born.

And his new little

sister Ulrikke.

of the Edvardsen Institute,

himself now only ten centimeters

tall and weighing just 18 grams,

explained the rationale

behind the invention.

Wow! That is wild, isn't it?

Just wild.

Say, Holly,

you can go ahead and put

the take-out order in, thanks.

-Is that you?


You hungry?

I ate about an hour ago.

I didn't know when

you were coming.

You knew I was bringing food.

I called you and

asked you specifically.

-I just had sesame chicken.

-And then you go and eat.

I'm still hungry.

screams premeditation.

Yet relatively few people

knew about his new book.

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Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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