I have long been a fan of movies with uplifting spiritual messages. And as you’ve probably noticed, there are more of them than ever before. Although Hollywood has long used angels, ghosts, and psychic phenomena in movies—sometimes for the scare factor, of course. But today there are more and more films that focus on seeing reality through a different lens and understanding the spirituality of other cultures and religions. Of course this extends to what comes after we transition to the non-physical.
One of my all time favorite spiritual movies is Hereafter, directed by none other than Clint Eastwood. It’s a very accurate depiction of the challenges faced by those who have the “second sight” or psychic gifts. So often these individuals find it difficult to fit into regular society because of their sensitivity and because they know things that others don’t see or appreciate. If you’re looking to watch something this holiday season along these lines, then Hereafter is a particularly good place to start.
The production value in Hereafter is as high as it gets. The acting is fabulous, and the script is good, too, following characters on three different continents. Matt Damon plays the lead, an American who struggles with his psychic abilities. The movie also stars French actress Cécile De France, who decides to try her hand at writing after living through a devastating tsunami and her own near death experience. And in London, a boy struggles to reach out to his identical twin after losing him to sudden and tragic circumstances.
I won’t give away any more of this movie, except to say that the movie depicts, quite beautifully, what happens after someone has had a near death experience and no longer sees the world in quite the same way. Although Hereafter isn’t a completely feel good movie, like the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, it is still very moving and worth seeing.
Do you have any favorite spiritual movies? Have you seen Hereafter? Please leave a comment here or on my Facebook page. I love to read your comments and insights.
p.s. If you’re looking for something lighter check out I Am by Tom Shadyac (also the director of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective), a documentary—and also very entertaining fare—which stars Desmond Tutu, among others. I’ve seen it four times. And it’s still very fresh! I’m also a big fan of Happy!, which Shadyac also produced. It documents what makes people happy—all around the world. And guess what? Happiness is all about community—not stuff. A great holiday message.