"They waited for the bird to return, waited, waited, til they grew tired of waiting. Until they forgot they ever sent out the bird. Until they forgot that there ever was a bird or even a world, sunken, under the water."

the heretic

The man comes into the town, seemingly out of nowhere. The movie opens with him watching the spherical object rising from the water, and ends the same way. He arrives riding one out of a line of strange red machines. He jumps off before the girl, and they simply stare at each other; her face showing surprise while his remains placid, expressionless.

He carries a cross like object slung over his shoulder, and has his hands bandaged. Some read this as him being a Christ-like figure. However, there are also many sayings basically declaring that people have their own cross to bear.

The girl runs from him, and thinks she lost him, but suddenly he appears sitting on the stairs facing away from her. He has also managed to get her egg, but offers it back to her. He questions the contents of the egg, but she refuses to answer him. From there on, he trails behind her.

At one point it begins to rain and he opens his cloak, silently offering her shelter underneath, but she refuses. There is also a time where she offers him water, but he shakes his head no. Finally, once the statues come to life and begin hunting the fish, in fear, the girl hides under his cloak, clinging to his pant leg. When she realizes what she has done, she attempts to draw away, but the man holds her to him. The act is clearly meant to be a protective one.

After this, the girl leads him to her home, asking him to promise not to harm her egg. He says nothing, but this time, she seems to trust him enough to accept his silence as consent.

Inside he speaks to her of his memories or great trees and Great Flood. He expresses his thoughts on the possibility of neither one of them being real, but only existing in the memory of those who boarded the Ark long ago and forgot everything about themselves and their purpose. As if in an attempt to prove that they are real, and that there is life within the egg she carries, the girl shows him the fossil of a winged man, to the man's shock.

The fossil has seemed to make the man think. He carries the sleeping girl to bed. Having woken up slightly, she asks him once again "Who are you?" to which he replies "Who are you?". Then spends the night sitting on the floor by her bed before by the fire, thinking. At last he seems to have made up his mind, he stands, takes the egg from beside the sleeping girl, and exits her room. Now in another room, he raises his cross and smashes the eggs. He departs.

Why would he have done such a thing. If he is to be the religious, Christ-like figure, was he meant to teach the girl to let go of her dependency on the egg? Was such a cold-hearted method necessary? Even though he never promised her a thing, he knew how much the egg meant to her, and that she trusted him enough to lead him to her home. Sure he could have just followed her, but there were times where she held his hand to lead him. Not only that, but he took away something precious to her, her only company in the desolate world AND he abandons her.

It seems after his talk of the Ark and the birds that were sent out, and the possibility of only being a memory, as well as seeing the winged fossil made him second guess his next move. When the girl told him she could hear the egg breathing, he replies it is only her own heart she hears. When she tells him it dreams of flying, he replies it is only the wind. The man exists in a reality he is unsure even exists, and goes as if blown about-- no known destination from an origin he doesn't recollect. He seemed certain that there was nothing within the egg, and after talking with her, perhaps that belief was shaken. Maybe he, too, began to wonder of the possibility that a living creature lie curled within the egg. Within the egg, was the answer he needed. In breaking the egg, he received an answer and moved on.

The world they are in is flooded, pelted constantly by rain. To know the story of the great flood, he had to have been Christian or well versed in Christian beliefs. Perhaps he was a man of the cloth at some point in his existance. He is enshrouded with an air of knowing and awareness. The word 'angel' is derived from the Latin word angelos for messenger. Perhaps the man was the angel.

He is last seen staring at the huge spherical object surfaces from the water. Feathers blowing wildly around him.


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