Chris and Annie meet when their boats collide on a lake in Switzerland. They get married and they have two children but they are killed in an auto accident. Chris is able to separate himself from his loss and pain but Annie has a breakdown. She is hospitalized and Chris helps her to heal through art painting. Annie heals and they return to their lives despite their continuing pain. Chris is doing an errand for Annie and he is killed in an auto accident. This time Annie has an even greater breakdown and she sinks into despair. Chris has gone to the next world and it contains stunning events and visuals.
This film is divided into two halves, the life before the death of Chris and the life after. There are heartbreaking moments in the first section but they recover. The life after Chris dies is full of fantasy and another section of heartbreak. I’m not sure I believe the fantasy because it seems to contain the afterlife events contained in every religion? 3* (This movie is OK)
113 min, Drama directed by Vincent Ward with Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow, Jessica Brooks Grant, Josh Paddock, Rosalind Chao, Lucinda Jenney, Maggie McCarthy, Wilma Bonet.
Note: Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 54% critic 85% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*.
Special Note: This movie was filmed in several California locations plus Montana and Venezuela. Some later scenes were filmed on the rusted Essex class aircraft carrier USS Oriskany DV-34. In 2006, the ship was sunk to create an artificial reef.