I'm honestly tempted to rate this lower. I think what saves it is how visually spellbinding it is, and that it evokes what it wants to evoke with every fiber of its being. But it has a significant weakness of sorts in that it's extremely easy to read for anyone with a basic knowledge of Christianity, Existentialism, and/or semiotics. Without conflict, it becomes tedious to sit through clear, easy evocations.
Let me start off by saying, I hate anime. But this film is not like what I have seen before at all. The artwork is simple, minimal, yet incredibly expressive, symbolic, and evocative. Some symbolism in the film is too on the nose, but all the same, this is one of the most stunning films I have ever seen. I could not believe the kinship in essence, mystery & silence between this film and my film, Sleep Has Her House.
It felt a lot sadder to me now in 2017 now that ecological disaster seems all but assured. I love the brittle, fibrous linework. You kind of have to sink into the mood if it, which is more easily achieved in the cinema or when watched alone, not with friends. The closest thing I've experienced to an animated Max Ernst painting.