A serenely beautiful film that is only difficult if you don't open your mind and imagination
I think the summary of "difficult" by Common Sense Media is unfortunate. This is NOT a difficult movie. Yes, it is a bit poetic. Yes, it is unique. But I think the ability to enjoy this film is relative to one's artistic education and one's spirituality.
I saw this film with my mature 17 year old who is an artist. I've taken her to a lot of art films, and she gobbles them up. She is well read, can see metaphors and symbolism in art and films, and is able to serve up critical thinking skills after seeing films. Both my 17 year old and I LOVED this film.
Unfortunately, however, after the film two women came up to us and asked about all the imagery included in the film -- "What was all that?" These women were obviously a product of American "serve it to you" entertainment. My daughter and I gave them some ideas of how the imagery was metaphorical and literal and how it served the larger piece. It opened their eyes. The imagery in this film portrays feelings, thoughts, ideas, resolution, grief, hope, life, God, and hundreds of your own personal thoughts -- they also directly relate to the ideas and writer's intent in the film. Open your mind. Open your imagination.
If you are over 35, I think you will really enjoy this film. There's a lot of period material here that will move you. AND this film is NOT a downer. It is a beautiful film about life, hope, and the hereafter.