Today I saw the final scene again of Death in Venice. Here, the main character sees in the distance a lovely young blonde boy pointing towards the horizon. The man is somehow captivated by this image in such a way that he dies at that moment.
The boy in this movie acts as a psychopomp: someone of an almost angelic beauty who helps you to cross the abyss to the otherworld. 2 other psychopomps in modern movies come to mind: Son of Saul and Jacob’s Ladder. In all three movies the psychopomp is a young boy with blonde hair and blue eyes.
I must say that these images really hit home for me and touch me. Somewhere I really believe this to be true. That one day a psychopomp will come and will release me of my fears and pain. And that I will walk with them fearlessly into the Light.
Meister Eckhart is quoted in Jacob’s Ladder: “The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won’t let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they’re not punishing you”, he said. “They’re freeing your soul. So, if you’re frightened of dying and … you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.”
Son of Saul
Jacob’s Ladder psychopompus is played by Macaulay Culkin
The phychopompus of Death in Venice: