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  • Dec 6, 2005
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What Dreams May Come is a beautiful and haunting metaphysical tale of life after death.

Neurologist Chris (played by Robin Williams) and his artist wife Annie (played by Annabella Sciorra) had a fairy-tale life until they lost their children in an auto accident. No sooner do they begin to recover when Chris meets his own untimely death.

Chris meets up with an angel named Albert (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) who gives him a tour of his afterlife. The images are stunning--with Chris cavorting through vibrantly colorful, impressionistic, oil-painted terrain.

Meanwhile, Annie becomes depressed and takes her own life. Chris must then traverse heaven and hell to save Annie from an eternity of despair. The mystical themes that I enjoyed in this movie are that of redemption, the power of love even beyond the grave, and life after death.

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What Dreams May Come is a 1998 dramatic film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Annabella Sciorra. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson, and was directed by Vincent Ward. The title is taken from a line in Hamlet's To be, or not to be soliloquy.

Plot:

Soulmates Chris (Robin Williams) and Annie (Annabella Sciorra) have an idyllic marriage together. However, following the death of their two children in a car accident, Annie becomes isolated and mentally unstable from guilt, and is institutionalized. After four years, the couple reconciles, but on the anniversary of the event Chris is killed in a car accident, finding himself in a Heaven derived from his wife's paintings.

Despite the paradise he now inhabits, Chris is unhappy without Annie. When she commits suicide in guilt over Chris' death, the act consigns her to Hell. Determined that they belong together, Chris commences a quest through Hell to rescue her, in the process discovering a number of characters from his past.

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Director: Vincent Ward
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: October 2, 1998
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 53min
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