When you're on the road in search of grace, the journey is the destination.
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Heavens Above is a spiritual journey presented in moving images, narrative text, music and song. Only the stars in the heavens and in planetariums connect a man and a woman, traveling separately. Though they travel on parallel paths, they are destined to meet as the Sun must eventually embrace the Moon. The two characters seek to explore the mystique of space and the esthetics of planetariums, as the physical heavens become their gateway to spiritual salvation.
A science writer begins the season of Lent on a mission to report on planetariums and their role in modern life. As she travels the country, she is not alone. At the same time, a man is on the road in search of a new place after his home planetarium is destroyed. Their mutual lack of faith and despair is turned around when they discover each other, and the two kindred spirits set their sights on those things greater than human constructions of brick, mortar and time.
Featuring an international soundtrack that spans the musical gamut from classical to modern and themes biblical to scientific, Heavens Above takes the audience on an unexpected voyage into the human heart and intellectual wonder, never forgetting that the journey is the destination.
His beautiful...black-and-white film is in French with subtitles. There's little dialogue, per se; a narrator tells the story amidst a nice musical score that wraps up with a way cool version of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" by Pete Townshend. -- Cary Stemle, LEO