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Theology of Supernatural

Living with Time: Spirituality and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 9712 GK Groningen, The Netherlands
Religions 2021, 12(1), 17;
Received: 21 October 2020 / Revised: 20 December 2020 / Accepted: 21 December 2020 / Published: 26 December 2020
At first sight, Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 Arrival seems to provide a fairly standard science fiction narrative about the landing of aliens on earth and the panic that ensues, featuring aggressive soldiers, a suspicious CIA man, brilliant scientists and rioting populaces. The film could be read as propaganda for the humanities as it is a linguist rather than a natural scientist who saves the world. The second narrative is more important, as acknowledged by the director: the main character Dr. Louise Banks’s mourning for her deceased daughter, Hannah. In contact with the aliens, she learns how to cope with this disastrous event, by acquiring a different perspective on how life proceeds and how time works. This is also where the film, subtly, tells a deeply spiritual narrative, in which Louise acquires tender competence to deal with what life brings, including Hannah’s death. View Full-Text
Keywords: science fiction; spirituality; death; film science fiction; spirituality; death; film
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