- 1 hr 23 min
Pi begins with the story of Max, a hard working mathematician with an obsession for discovering how numbers created the reality humans and other organisms live in today. This black and white film relies on the fallible psyche of Max to depict the passion of academics. Max has a difficult time participating in the social community because of his introversion, daily migraines and hallucinations. Instead he spends all of his time working on a computer called Euclid or discussing mathematics with a few other academics. The only people who are relatively close to Max are his old arithmetic tutor and his next door neighbor. After a long day of processing numbers with Euclid, Max goes down to the coffee shop to take a break from his studies. A man named Lenny is reading the Torah. They talk off-handedly about life, religion and mathematics. Lenny explains that his mathematical interest lies in the Torah. He believes that the Torah has a mathematical sequence divined by God. Max is fascinated by this idea and continues to talk with Lenny about his studies. Max reveals more and more about his findings while working with the Euclid. At first he begins to meet more and more people conducting similar research, but then his relationship with the other researchers slowly becomes aggressive.