I connected with this film just as much, this film and many others of European cinema (especially French) and Malick's recent films are journeys into the future of filmmaking or telling stories through various other forms, by giving us space not unlike that of a painting to explore our own projections upon it, our dreams, desires, traumas and subconscious memories, I love films like this the same way like I love Patrice Leconte's films for instance, it does not expain everything, it offers glimpses, gentle touches, colors and shapes, ideas yet to be finished by our own participation. I found this film actually very beautiful, not particularly gloomy or depressing, it is reflecting the journey into the unknown, the emptiness of the universe, as well as our own mind, and at the end into a new birth, symbolized by the void, the black hole, we're meant to encounter things that don't make "sense", only make us "feel" something, very much like during a deep meditation, it uncovers hidden things in our subconscious. I feel like it shows the wall many humans need to come across in order to reach the state of emptiness and bliss, I found the appearance of black hole at the end as a mere symbol of a higher life, the bliss itself, the whole film is all about the transition and transformation, being basically prisoners feels more like the idea of all of us being prisoners of our own body, our materialism. These kinds of things is very healthy to bring to our consciousness whenever we watch a film like this, even just to our own self, to ask who we are, what we hold in our own hearts and souls, what is it that we see, even when we keep them to our own selves, it is worthy of a little self exploration.
Anyway, the film is certainly a reflection of our own times, of fears of many sections of the society, but also great beautiful transformation happening on Earth.
You are reading way too much into this
The way I would put it, I am just being myself, and what is a man with no self introspection, a narcissist? No film, no art can be evaluated more than ourselves through it, that's how I've always seen the purpose of any "thing" in life, I believe quite a few filmmakers like Claire Denis tend to engage a similar frame of mind when making such films, what's the purpose of art if not to ask us what we can bring into it, instead of us arrogantly asking it or filmmakers what it can bring to us instead, and if it can't bring what we demand, it fails, instead of us, aren't we supposed to be as much artists as them participating on the other receiving end? Nonetheless, any review of a film is vapid distraction to me if it can't reveal the reviewer more than the film itself anyway.
There's so much more to this film than what others see, if there's more to us without being like others..