I went to the cinema a few nights ago. There was a film I desperately wanted to see. It is called The Power of the Dog. I wanted to see this film because it was made by the most decorated female filmmaker alive, New Zealander Jane Campion. I find her work, especially The Piano, to be extraordinary. I also wanted to see it because it was filmed close to where I am currently living, here in New Zealand. Due to Covid, instead of filming in Montana, they brought Montana here to New Zealand.
I have to say, this film did not let me down.
I found it to be extraordinary in its storytelling. What struck me was the subtlety of the storytelling. Jane Campion has this incredible ability to create a story that you go away, trying to put the pieces of it together for weeks afterwards. I'm in the midst of that right now. I think about this film a lot and the themes and lessons that run through it. I can see why it is tipped for an Academy Award nomination.
It got me thinking about how this is what great art does. It calls us to see behind what is presented and gives us a door of layered meaning to walk through. We need this. We are in a world of complete overwhelm, with a myriad of stimulation vying for our attention. Some part of us craves time to contemplate, time to process, time to look beneath the shallow shores and dive into the depths of what we are experiencing.
And that is what I love about Jane. She gives me a puzzle that my mind is subconsciously trying to solve whether I want to or not. It's good for my mental wellness. It's good to think deeply. Our minds need it.
What allows you to think deeply? Do you take time for deep thinking regularly? Maybe it's time.