Rabbi Simcha Weinstein wrote a column on his blog (and crossposted on Algemeiner) After introdcuing and summarizing the movie and cracking a few jokes he goes on to the “Kabbalist teaching that while we sleep, our souls leave our bodies and ascend to their heavenly source in order to replenish energy.” He also noticed “Yusuf, a chemist who formulates the drugs needed to enter the dream world. According to the biblical story, Joseph (or Yusuf) was blessed with the ability to interpret dreams, a rare skill that was highly valued.” He ends the column with this advice:
Kabbalah considers our physical world an illusion, a temporary residence, and not true reality. So stop existing and start dreaming!
IMDB’s summary of the movie: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception.
Nina Amir wrote a short article in the San Francisco Examiner suggesting that because there is magic both in Harry Potter books and in Kabbalah the series may have more kabbalistic references. She was reminded of this seeing the first trailer for the first half of the last Harry Potter movie. See below.
Jay Michaelson‘s musings related to the movie Avatar in Forward compares and contrasts its message to that of Kabbalah in the areas of spiritual and practical environmentalisms. He connects mysticism and environmentalisms in two ways, namely:
“Avatar’s” deep ecology is interwoven with its pantheistic, quasi-kabbalistic notion of a “web of life.” Indeed, the latter necessitates the former: it’s impossible to believe that all life is deeply connected, and yet not be troubled when the sinews of that connection are frayed and destroyed…
A second convergence between “Avatar” and Jewish mysticism is the controversial point that while individual actions are important and individual responsibility remains a value, the communal matters more: the overall health of the system, the shared justice of a society.
Read the full article.
Ha-Sodot (Secrets) is a film from 2007 that has plenty of connection to Kabbalah. Here si one description from IMDB:
In The Secrets, two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing, let alone speak out. Naomi, the studious, devoutly religious daughter of a prominent rabbi, convinces her father to postpone her marriage for a year so that she might study at a Jewish seminary for women in the ancient Kabalistic seat of Safed. Naomi’s quest for individuality takes a defiant turn when she befriends Michelle, a free-spirited and equally headstrong fellow student. When the pair encounters a mysterious, ailing foreigner with a disturbing past named Anouk (the iconic French actress Fanny Ardant) they begin a risky journey into forbidden realms. In the hopes of easing her suffering, Naomi and Michelle secretly lead Anouk through a series of Kabalistic cleansing rituals. The process opens up overwhelming new horizons for the girls who find themselves caught between the rigid male establishment they grew up in, and the desire to be true to themselves, no matter the cost.
According to an Hour.ca review Adam’s Wall, a Canadian movie from last year, about the love story of a Lebanese woman and a Jewish man has kabbalistic references:
The rift between their two cultures deepens. Then bombs fall on Beirut, and Yasmine’s mother goes missing. The drama between Paul and Yasmine deepens. Winding through all this is an interplay of mystical secrets of Sufism and Kabbalah being kept by a bookstore owner named Mostapha (Tyrone Benskin).