March 11, 2013
A great psychological, even spiritual study
The horror in this film is fear, not necessarily of spirits, but most certainly of death and how to deal with it, understand its meaning, or simply how to accept it in relation to life. The acting is tremendous, the cinematography outstanding. How can we integrate moments of joy with sometimes overpowering loss? This is the greatness of this story, that it blurs the boundaries between life and death, and presents the innocence necessary to accept life as it is. It is ultimately about hope. It needs to be viewed twice, at least. We tend to want all the threads woven into a complete garment, yet this film has enough courage to provide a mirror in which we see ourselves reflected as the weaver who knows that there are always loose ends needing to be rewoven, tucked in and tied up. At least watch the ending twice, don't analyze but do feel, just be attentive to the dialog, let it sink in.
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