The Zero Theorem

Synopsis: A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Terry Gilliam
Production: Amplify Releasing
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Metacritic:
50
Rotten Tomatoes:
50%
R
Year:
2013
107 min
Website
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(THUNDER CLAPPING)

(PHONE RINGING)

(RINGING CONTINUES)

Hello? Hello?

(PERSON TALKING

INDISTINCTLY OVER PHONE)

(PHONE RINGS)

Hello?

Another day.

Another day.

(BELL JINGLES)

(SIGHS)

(CONSTRUCTION MACHINES

GRINDING AND POUNDING)

Go away.

Go away.

(MAN COUGHS)

()

(BICYCLE BELL RINGS)

When I say stop,

you have to... Morning.

Have a nice day.

WOMAN (OVER SPEAKER):

Good morning, madam.

We at Euphoria Finance want to

put the "you" back into euphoria.

Your lifestyle is our concern.

Your dreams are our dreams.

That's why we say,

"Enough is never enough."

Call us today and ask for more.

Good morning, madam.

We at Euphoria...

Everyone's getting

rich, except you.

Learn the secrets of their

success tonight at 8 on DuMBC.

Bored with Buddhism,

sick of Scientology?

Then the Church of Batman the

Redeemer may be the answer.

The future has come and gone.

Where were you?

Don't miss out the next

time. Call 897-3434.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

(HORNS HONKING)

WOMAN 1:
Occupy Mall Street now.

Autumn sales have

started. Bargains galore.

Up to 100 percent

off selected items.

Autumn sales have

started. Bargains galore.

Up to 100 percent

off selected items.

WOMAN 2:

...24 hours a day at BabyC.

We've cut out all the bad news.

()

FEMALE ANNOUNCER: We live in

a chaotic, confusing world.

So many choices, so little time.

What do we need?

Who do with love?

What brings us joy?

(DOG BARKING)

MALE ANNOUNCER:
Mancom, making

sense of the good things in life.

(CROWD APPLAUDING)

Ahem. I hope you enjoyed

our presentation.

- Thank you. Thank you very much.

- Thank you.

Now, if you'll please follow me.

Please stay together. Here's

your chance to observe

Mancom's proprietary Q-void

computation system in action.

No photos, please. Thank you.

We call it the power of six.

Six degrees of convergence,

providing stability for

business or personal needs.

As you can see, our company

encourages an atmosphere

of vigorous but

healthy competition.

(INDISTINCT ANNOUNCEMEN OVER SPEAKER)

(PHONE RINGING)

Hello, Qohen Leth. Corporate

Health Maintenance

have approved review of your

disability request for today at 14:40.

Please be prompt.

We're nothing if not prompt.

(MACHINE WHIRRING)

All right, Quinn.

How's it hanging?

It's Qohen, Mr. Joby.

And as we've told you before,

it isn't hanging well. We're dying.

You should see the medics about

that. Can't afford to lose you.

- We have an appointment this afternoon.

- Not this afternoon.

- You approved it.

- Cancel.

You got still the Transfinite

Paradox project due today.

Finished.

Pathologics division's running

the standard redundancies.

You do all that this morning?

As mentioned to you repeatedly,

we detest working here.

Considering our output, we

can't begin to understand

- why you insist on our coming here.

- That's a Management issue.

- It's Qohen. Q, no U, O-H-E-N.

- Out of my hands.

Then perhaps we should be

talking to Management.

No, no, no. Nobody

speaks to Management.

You know that. No way, no way.

Look, take my advice.

Knock off the bitching and

moaning. It's not bad.

We could accept braving

this ghastly place

were it not for fear

of missing our call.

Oh, that call, yeah. Could you not let

the machine take it or call forwarding?

I could always bend the rules

on personal calls in your case.

We have to be home to receive it.

Look, I'll see what I

can do, all right?

Sorry.

- We prefer not to be touched.

- All right.

DOCTOR 1:
Qohen Leth,

ontological research division,

requesting disability leave.

Or reassignment to work at home.

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Pat Rushin

Pat Rushin is an American screenwriter and creative writing professor at the University of Central Florida where he has served as the editor of The Florida Review. Rushin's novella, The Call, inspired the screenplay he wrote for The Zero Theorem directed by Terry Gilliam. more…

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