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Oskar Schell: "If things were easy to find..."
Thomas Schell: "They wouldn't be worth finding."
Before his father's death, he and Oskar played a lot of games. Mostly, these games involved Oskar's dad (Tom Hanks) asking him to find things, based on certain clues. When his dad dies, Oskar sets out on his own to solve one final mystery. His imagination is boundless, and this helps him cope with what undoubtedly is the greatest loss of his young life.
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Oskar Schell: "Maybe everybody's looking for something."
Words of wisdom from young Oskar Schell, as he comes to understand that yes, everyone in life is searching for something. Oskar also begins to realize in 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' that even if you believe you know someone well, you may never really know everyting about them.
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The Way I See The World
Oskar Schell: "My dad said the way I saw the world was a gift - that I was different than everyone else."
Oskar Schell is definitely different. He's incredibly bright, curious and somewhat precocious. Oskar's dad was his anchor - someone who loved him unconditionally and tried to help build his confidence, even with his quirkiness.
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What Do You Miss?
Oskar Schell: "What do you miss about him?"
Linda Schell: "I miss his voice telling me he loves me."
'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' might center around Oskar's journey to find the lock that fits his late father's mysterious key, but it's also very much about grief and loss after a disaster.
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Oskar Schell: "After he died, I found this key in my dad's closet. He must have wanted me to find something."
After Oskar's father is killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he finds a key that he knows is a final clue from his father. He must find the lock that the key fits. The envelope containing the key had one word written on it: "Black." Oskar decides he'll visit every single person named Black in New York. The mission is an urgent one to Oskar and it will take him through all of New York's five boroughs.
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My Dad Was in the Building
Oskar Schell: "People tell me I'm very odd all the time. I got tested once to see if I had Asperger's disease. Dad said it's for people who are smarter than everybody else but can't run straight. The tests weren't definitive. Are you sure you didn't know him? Thomas Schell? He was in the building - 9/11. I'm trying to find a lock for this key that was in the envelope that once belonged to my father."
Abby Black: "I don't know anything about the key or your father."
Oskar Schell: "Can I take your picture so I can remember you?"
The first person Oskar tracks down as he's trying to solve the mystery of the key is Abby Black (Viola Davis). Unfortunately, Abby can't help Oskar - she knows nothing about a key and didn't know his dad. Oskar decides that he will photograph Abby - and each person he meets thereafter - so he'll be able to remember them better.
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Oskar Schell: "Dad said, sometimes we have to face our fears."
Oskar, like everyone else in 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' must learn to face his own overwhelming fears and insecurities and conquer them. In Oskar's case, his tambourine helps.
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Doesn't Make Sense
Linda Schell: "It's never going to make sense because it doesn't."
Linda Schell's grief is overwhelming, as she struggles to keep herself together for the sake of her young son. And she's right: Her husband's death will never make sense, no matter how much her son, Oskar, wants it to.