There are times on a flight when you don’t want to commit to two hours to watch a feature-length film. There may not be enough time left before you reach your destination; or you may not have the ability to concentrate for a couple of hours, so you want something short.
On one of my February flights I reached a saturation point of sorts. I’d watched two full movies and thought I’d switch things up a bit. There was a “short films” section of the plane’s in-flight entertainment system, so I settled down to watch “A Loft in Paradise,” a French film with English subtitles. I’d post the trailer, but I don’t think there is one.
A quick description would be that it was seventeen minutes of theological confusion. I’m not sure what the message was supposed to be, but it probably wasn’t what I took away from it.
Quick synopsis: Vincent is having an affair with his wife’s sister Charlotte. Sister is feeling remorse, wants to confess, but Vincent and wife Emma are killed in car crash before she can do so. We see them in “heaven” while Charlotte remains on Earth, trying to contact them through supernatural means to confess her sins to her sister.
Silly isn’t it? I could list all the Biblical inaccuracies, but that would make this post longer than the film that inspired it. For example, in Paradise you shouldn’t need to brush your teeth – there should be no decay there. Just a couple of quick points though.
Maybe it was deliberate, but the Heaven that Vincent and Emma find themselves in looks a lot like Hell to me. It’s a sterile environment, everything in black and white, and no other people around. I suspect that an eternity in such a situation might turn into some sort of punishment, no matter how luxurious the surroundings.
Vincent is able to travel back to earth for short periods, to intervene in Charlotte’s life as he sees necessary, but it is a finite power. I know this is a fictitious tale, maybe even an allegory, but the idea bothered me anyway.
This film is supposed to be a comedy, but I didn’t find it funny. Adultery isn’t funny. Death usually isn’t either, nor is messing with spiritual forces you don’t understand.
Perhaps this film is extremely funny if you don’t believe in God. Maybe it is funny if you don’t think about it. Turns out, I’m always thinking.