The Time Traveler's Wife

Some time after his daughter Alba's 5th birthday, Henry (Eric Bana) at age 43, spends time with his wife Clare (Rachel McAdams) and his friends one last time and says good-bye, knowing that he's going to die soon. Alba told him that he would die after her 5th birthday when he traveled to the future (and Alba was 10 years old). After saying goodbye, Henry once again travels to the forest near Clare's childhood home and he's accidentally shot by a hunter; he then travels back to his home where his wife and friends are and dies. In the future, when his daughter Alba is 9 years old, Henry (at age 38) travels to Clare's childhood home once again and he's greeted by Alba. Clare and Henry embrace one another and say good-bye before Henry travels again. Clare and Alba stand near the forest with Henry's clothes, happy to have seen him again, and waiting for the next time he arrives...

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Factual error: When Henry travels back to when his mother is still alive and is riding the el train with her, when he gets off the train downtown there are color coded signs on the platform. Specifically, a brown and purple sign indicating that those color trains stop on that side of the platform. This scene took place sometime in the 1970s since his mother was still alive, but el trains were not color coded until 1993.

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Question: There's a scene in which, right after they've bought their house, Henry appears in their living room, naked and shot. I just don't see how this can happen because this would constitute a travel within a travel. That is, he travels to where he gets shot. Shot, he then travels to the newly-bought house; then finally travels back to the Christmas party from whence he came originally, where he finally dies. But the movie never establishes this sort of "Inception"-like travel. He always travels to one time, then comes back. Is this something that the book clarifies, or is it a mistake from the movie?

Answer: Since no rules are ever firmly established in the film, there's no reason he couldn't have done this. So it's not a movie mistake. The book addresses the nature of his travel a little more in-depth, and even there this would not have been impossible.

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