publication . Article . 2021

Living with Time: Spirituality and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival

Mathilde van Dijk;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2021 Journal: Religions, volume 12, issue 17 (issn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
<jats:p>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 pers...
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