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Dr. Henry Goose: "Our lives and our choices, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Yesterday my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Fear, belief, love, phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue long after we perish. Yesterday, I believe I would have never have done what I did today. I feel like something important has happened to me. Is this possible?"Dr. Henry Goose gives a cryptic yet highly accurate overview of the theory behind the film in that life is about the sum of each moment, each interaction, that culminates into who we are and what we do. According to him, these forces go beyond our lifetime and are carried by our souls from life to life.
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Our Lives Are Not Our Ownv
Madame Horrox: "Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future."The idea that we are the product of our environment and those in it is presented elaborating on the theory that each of our interactions shapes us and impacts our future in this lifetime or the next.
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Cloud Atlas Sextetv
Timothy Cavendish: "That's it, the music from my dream."Robert Frobisher: "I call it the Cloud Atlas Sextet. There are whole movements imagining us meeting again and again in different lives, different ages."Timothy Cavendish: "I heard it in my dream. I was in a nightmarish cafe and the waitresses, they all had the same face."As recognized by an older Timothy Cavendish, the Cloud Atlas Sextet is one of those subconscious items that characters in the film carry with them in their souls, though not necessarily in their minds.
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I Know I Know Itv
Luisa Rey: "This is the Cloud Atlas Sextet?Record Shop Clerk: "I doubt there's more than a handful of copies in all of North America."Luisa Rey: "But I know it. I know I know it."Just as others have recognized the song, Luisa Rey has the innate belief that she too knows this song but cannot place exactly how or from where she knows it.
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A Better Worldv
Robert Frobisher: "I believe there is another world waiting for us, a better world."Continuing on the topic of having a soul travel from life to life carrying things from one to the next, Robert discusses his theory that better lives are out there and it's our destiny to find them.
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Adam Ewing's JournalAdam Ewing: "Friday the fifteenth: We made sail with the morning tide. I have been quarantined from the other passengers and crew. What I want to do now is return home."Starting the first story that sets the tone for all of the rest, Adam Ewing, an American notary on a voyage to San Francisco, writes in a journal about his trip and his life. This journal is the passageway to the next story as it is later read by another, linking the two stories together.
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Same Mistakes Over and OverJavier: "What are you reading?"Luisa Rey: "Old letters"Javier: "Why do you keep reading them?"Luisa Rey: "I don't know. Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes over and over."As Luisa Rey reads Robert Frobisher's letters, she is strangely captivated by their words and finds herself reading them over and over.
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Robert Frobisher's LettersRobert Frobisher: "My dear Sixsmith, I am in desperate need of your help. I got hooked on a journal written in 1849 by a dying lawyer during a voyage from a Pacific isle to San Francisco. Half the book is missing. It's completely killing me. A half-finished book is after all a half-finished love affair."Connecting the first story to the second and third, Robert Frobisher writes letters to his friend Rufus Sixsmith detailing the journal from the first story. These letters travel to the third story when they are read there to connect all three stories together.
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