Hey, all... I finally just finished watching the English version of Nosso Lar (Our Home), and figured I would post my thoughts on it here, as well as the questions that remain in my mind. First off, I will start with the things that I liked about the film, and its depiction of the afterlife.
First off, this is a very visually beautiful film. It's artistically and tastefully directed and shot, and the actors are all extremely good in their craft... they did a great casting job here. I loved the production design of the Our Home city, and all the important buildings within it... all very nice and clean. The scene with the trumpeting Angels descending above the main building was particularly well-executed and powerful.
I liked how Our Home was depicted as being so similar to Earth that it, too, has a day and a night, and how we can still enjoy water and some form of food, though I admit I wasn't real big on the whole "nothing but soup" thing... I'd have liked to have seen a huge feast, but oh, well... at least we can still enjoy water, which is a big thing with me. I liked the fact that we can have houses, but I wish there had been more diversity in how the homes looked, since I would imagine that when you get a house, you can make it look like whatever you want as your "dream home", for lack of a better term. But I understand that this was likely just due to the limits of a film budget, so it's cool. I liked how we can always view the Earth, but I would have loved to have seen some of the other worlds that our God has made depicted in the film, if even only in the form of one of those holographic globes, just to drive home the fact that Earth isn't the only world our God has created. Again, I realize this was likely due to budget, and no real actual need. Overall, I loved just how "tangible" everything felt in the afterlife, meaning how "physical" everything seemed... you can actually touch and feel things, smell flowers, drink and taste water, feel the breeze on you, etc. I know that in almost all the NDE accounts I've read, that we supposedly get translucent bodies that gradually lose their humanoid form. I vehemently hope this is not the case, because even though I'm not a physical body anymore, I would hate to lose this basic form, and I very much hate the idea of a translucent body... that's just not something I want at all, in any way. So I was glad that this film's VFX department didn't try to drastically alter the way we look in the afterlife... I appreciated that. I also liked how we can walk to and from various locations, rather than the "instantaneous" travel so often described in NDE's... again, that's not something I would want... I enjoy walking, and taking the time to explore new vistas, and my surroundings, and to savor them. I also very much enjoyed the film's musical score, and the fact that we see some degree of fog in parts of the afterlife, implying that various weather is possible.
I felt drawn to the character of Eloisa quite a bit, mostly because she was so independent of mind. I could relate to and appreciate the fact that she had the courage to ask questions, and question the way things are. After all, is that not the essence of free will? Although she did have an attitude about her, and came off as a bit "bitchy", I liked her for the reasons I stated... for her being a somewhat rebellious spirit, and questioning why she should go along with the way things are "just because". In my eyes, that took courage, and I respected her for it, because the truth is, she has every right to ask any questions she wants, and expect answers to them. I can respect her desire to want to do things on her own terms, and not anyone else's... again, IMO, that's the essence of free will, and if you attempt to stifle that, you're impeding free will, and dictating to that individual, which IMO, isn't right.
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