To me, this is a film about choices and communication. Communication - it's lack, it's contradictions, it's compulsions, it's limitations - and what it does to us. Subtly, slowly, the film pulls us into its myriad ironies and it's questions. And choices - the ones we make in spite of knowing everything - because life is lived in the pleasures of the moments and not its tragedies.
The communication channels are opened with aliens, and the attempt is to garner from them their intention of coming onto the earth. And the irony is that the communication expert called in is single - and haunted by personal loss - fatal vis-a-vis her child, and vacant vis-a-vis her partner.
And as she and her physicist companion slowly unravel meanings, all around people are misinterpreting meanings. Perceptions, fear, tension - all internalise interpretations which were never there. It's the way we jump to conclusions, day in day out. Cooperation and more communication is called for - and is not forthcoming.
And as my friend Avi, explained - it is reality in its own way - it's my reality, yes, but it is also a part of the larger canvas - the world exists because we perceive it, even though it is only as we see it.
And it's our failure to understand that these differences are all part of the same tapestry, is what causes grief.
More intense is the dilemma of choices. What if you knew the future and it's grievances - would you still live the road to surefire tragedy?
And since this is sci-fi, there are twists. And one which is sumptuous. The emotional tug of the mother and daughter interaction, which also gives the perspective to so many of the film's philosophical underpinnings, is the way to life's many solutions.
And seeing into the future is a film plot, but pursuing your heart is life's.