Oh yes, beautiful!
Prpbably my Buddhist filter is on strong and I interpreted it how I liked
negatively... I think it was over the top with some of the violence/sex though and the weird racial reductions...but I think they tried their best in making something appeal to a mass market that was independently funded. Gratuitous blood and sex sells but maybe it was also to show a broader spectrum of human experiences?
I thought they did that pretty well actually. I mean blood and sex is part of the human experience. (and you're right, they do have to sell tickets, otherwise it wouldn't get produced. They also have to hit several target audiences, including young males) They showed a lot, love, friendship, loyalty, bonding.
I know quite a few people who found Buddhism through the Wachowski's other movie the Matrix-
This is kindof interesting. I never really considered those movies Buddhist at all. To me they seem very Abrahamic, what with the whole "savior" theme and Zionistic overtones, and strong duality of good vs. evil with the machine war and later Neo's final battle against Smith.
and I hope the same kind of internal dialogue and questioning comes from this movie. Cloud Atlas seemed like a secularized version of rebirth, cause and effect, and a lot of Mahayana ideals I thought. I didn't take away anything about soul mates or couples though. That didn't seem emphasized to me as much. I didn't see it as reincarnations, rather as rebirths that were influenced by a network of actions.
Well that's why I said its a hard concept to put into words. There are people who are "mates", over multiple lifetimes, though it's not "reincarnation" as such. As far as it not being included in the movie, I'm not sure how you could miss that. It was the same couple and people throughout each story. That was the whole idea. Didn't you get the link with the birthmark? And it was rebirth, because some of the times they picked up karma from people who weren't a mate, such as the tropical far future man played by Tom Hanks, having a bit of karma from the Doctor on the sailing ship. The line referenced there was the whole line that the voice of the devil or spirit talking to him "Georgie" saying "The weak are meat, and the strong do eat" which was a line the Doctor used when trying to poison the other guy.
There were a lot of little references like that that explain it pretty well. Sometimes people who were "married" in one lifetime wern't actual life mates in that sense. The escaped slave and the guy being poisoned were mates, even though the one guy had a wife. It works like that with mates sometimes. That reference is shown when the slave guy is walking across the yardarm to unfurl the sail, and at the same time, in the future life, it's cut showing the battle with him across the sky bridge trying to rescue his mate the fabricant girl.
In one life his mate saved him, as the slave, in the next he saved her.
You'd be surprised how often things like that happen.
My spouse and I are mates like that. There's many lifetimes of love there.
It's not "reincarnation". That's not correct, because you don't stay the same from each life, and just get reincarnated, you pick up different things from different people and beings, but there is sortof a stream there.
My love explained it as being like two streams flowing side by side with each other.
As I said, it's a hard concept to explain.
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer
" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy