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What Dreams May Come, by Vincent Ward, 1998

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What Dreams May Come, by Vincent Ward, 1998.

Dante's Divine Comedy is one of many literary references in this 1998 fantasy film starring Robin Williams, whose character dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. In a reversal of the trajectory of Dante's narrative arc, the pilgrim in this film undertakes a journey from heaven to hell where he hopes to rescue his lady love.