As I wrote this review I suddenly realized that the movie is Joseph Campbell’s Journey of the Hero. Remember how the opening scene has our hero upside down. He doesn’t know where he is or what’s up and what’s down. The classic opening for the hero’s journey, the Dark Night of the Soul when you are between dream and reality and you don’t which is real.
I keep finding more revelations. Kurt is like the movie Inception for he has gone so deep into the dream that he can’t come out. So he invites our Hero to “wake him up.” Kurt seems to have come to a stop sign in his journey and has gotten lodged in the Inferno, stuck in hell and can’t get through to the other side. Our Hero doesn’t stay as a Buddha of the cult, he walks through it and leaves.
Notice the skull of Kurt and the hands in the baptismal water like a priest. Kurt, is a Buddha who can’t go back to society. He went to hell and could’n come back. He didn’t complete the Hero’s Journey to return to society with a boon, bring peace and healing.