With the sharing of art, words, ideas, dreams, telepathic experiences, deep connections, and more, during this past week, the movie that comes to me is, “What Dreams May Come” based on the book of the same title by Richard Matheson. I love this movie and am moved each time I see it. It’s simply a visual masterpiece.
I read the book some years after seeing the movie. Usually, there is a slight disappointment from translation of words to film. But, in this case, both complement each other beautifully. The book unfolds differently, though, and it’s interesting how they adapt to film. The book is a surprisingly fast read. I couldn’t put it down and found myself crying, laughing, wondering.
Love, life, death, the afterlife, deep connections, forgiveness, hope, acceptance--all woven beautifully in words and images. And aside from the characters and their relationships being fictional, in the book, the events are based on research into the afterlife.
And of course, it never ceases to amaze me that Shakespeare is everywhere and how many roads lead back to him in some way.
From the book (preceding introduction):
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
-Hamlet, Act III, Sc. 1