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What Dreams May Come
"After life there is more. The end is just the beginning."
"Sometimes when you lose, you win."
Based on a novel by
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Max von Sydow
Jessica Brooks Grant
What Dreams May Come
Buy the book this movie is based on.
The story. What Dreams May Come starts out with a
devasting loss for Chris and Annie Nielsen: their two children, both
teenagers, die in a car crash. Things get worse for Annie when Chris is
also killed a few years later.
The story then takes us to the other side, where Chris is taught how he creates
his own afterlife reality. When Annie commits suicide, he sets out on a journey
to rescue her from her state of denial, something that has not been done
The intensity of emotion in this movie is unparallelled. From the deepest
despair for the loss of all your loved ones to the tremendous joy of being
reunited with them, everything is here. The sadness is necessary, however, to
bring all family members to 'the other side.'
The depiction of life after death is stunning. When Chris passes on, we are
witness to his trials and tribulations, as he comes to terms with his new
situation. He learns to play. He learns to recognize the interplay between the
world of the living and his world. He learns about the dreams and yearnings of
his children that he never suspected when he was 'alive.'
The story is a tribute to the power of love. Nothing, not even death, can break
apart two people who are meant to be together. The theme that anything is
possible if only you believe in it enough also runs through the story. The seed
is the idea that we create our own realities. Why then, Chris rightly
asks, would bringing Annie back be impossible?
This is both the saddest and the happiest movie I have seen. The tears are well
worth it, however. All is well that ends well. Or was that just a new
Note: Richard Matheson, who wrote the novel this film is
based on, also wrote Somewhere in time.