When Veridian, an estranged young man, receives his late alchemist father Nicolas' inheritance (voice of Academy Award® nominated John Hurt), he is exposed to the ill-fated reality that his father built a tumultuous gold making machine powered by his own memories. The film takes us on an enchanted journey through the vessels of the machine where we explore the contents of the alchemist's most precious memories, all in an attempt to give his son one last life lesson and save him from following down the same fateful path.
My father told me the story of an alchemist who built a device so powerful, it could turn any metal into pure gold.
But to power his device, he fed it his own memories.
He had a family, but in his quest for gold, he abandoned them.
After the alchemist's death, his son return to the home, he once knew as a child.
My dear son, I have crafted a magnificent device.
It burns my memories as fuel.
The more precious the memories, the more powerful my machine.
Now, I have left here for you, my most precious memories.
They are memories of the place I fell in love with your mother.
They are memories of you, Veridian.
I remember your mother.
She died alone because of the creature I was becoming.
I understand why you ran away.
I have seen that you now have a daughter.
But I fear you may abandon her just as I abandoned you.
My son, now I understand what matters the most.
You father, Nicolas.
And so rumors of the miraculous device remained only rumors.
But that night, my father gave me a golden watch, and told me what he'd read in the alchemist's letter.