Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Aloft

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Aloft

Article excerpt

This is a film about love, art (or ritual), belief, nature and healing. For many people these are the elements that make up religion-not any particular religion, but religion in general. Religions might be more than these elements, but these elements are seen as core elements.

Much of the movie is set against a stark, bleak, arctic background that denies the movie the sentimentality of a Hollywood movie happy ending. We are meant to take the movie and its themes seriously. The ending is positive, but not exactly happy. The ending affirms the message of the film that love, belief, nature, and art do influence healing-sometimes in ways that seem quite mysterious.

The movie is filled with suspense from start to finish. The suspense stems from a variety of situations, but it reflects the suspense that the audience feels regarding religion and healing. There is resolution-we are not left with French ambiguity-but that resolution makes no promises. …

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