A deeply felt movie, quite original, with gorgeous visuals and strong acting. At its centre is the important theme of making piece with death, having grace and acceptance rather than the awkward battle to extend life. For me the greatest failing was in how ernest, didactic and serious the film was. The second failing was that plot was confusing, even with my attraction to challenging stories, sci-fi, and buddhism — and this confusion which took away from my enjoyment. But the concept was great, with the parallel stories taking place with the same characters appearing over three different millennia. All in all, I’m glad to have made the time for it. (And it’s a much more hopeful film than Requiem for a Dream!)
The blu-ray I rented included personal and inventive supplementary behind-the-scenes material, which deepened my appreciation for the film, its vision, and for Hugh Jackman as an actor.