James Gray’s three most recent features reflect on the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love, revealed and developed through encounters with others. The Immigrant (2013) reveals the way faith informs familial commitments, social bonds, and a life-giving response to suffering and injustice. The Lost City of Z (2016) portrays a dreamer, a man whose hopeful vision of another world animates every aspect of his being. And Gray’s most recent feature, Ad Astra (2019) traces a man’s turn toward relationship as he discovers what it means to love. In each case, as Gray’s characters display these virtues, the characters transcend their boundedness, giving us a picture of the way these virtues guide us outside of ourselves, to our neighbors, and ultimately to God.
"The Virtues of Being Human: Faith, Hope, and Love in James Gray's The Immigrant (2013), The Lost City of Z (2016), and Ad Astra (2019),"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 24:
2, Article 13.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol24/iss2/13