“I wanted to believe, more than most I wanted to be like a child again.”
– Cleveland Heep
Cleveland Heep discovers that beyond the veil of his mundane and humdrum life is a world of myth and fantasy, a true myth that overlies his own, a spiritual world with great consequence to our lives, to our future.
Overlooked in the theatres as many folks decided M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) had nothing left to offer, Lady in the Water was actually an enjoyable film; though not M. Night’s best work, the direction is solid and the story is especially intriguing for conversation. While it won’t make a top ten list, it’s still light years ahead of a lot of the dreck out there the last few years. Paul Giamatti’s performance truly floats this simple, child-like story that poses the very questions Film and Theology and Cinemagogue wrestle with.
I was privileged to host a session of “Film and Theology” in West Seattle and speak about the film and its implications on metanarrative and spirituality (audio below).
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”