Then there are those filmmakers who envision a more prosaic, minimalist heaven, and are often all the more effective for their restraint. Two of the best: The sublime final scene in director-writer Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart" (1984) shows the living and the dead, the good and the bad, all taking communion together in the dusty haze of a Great Depression-wracked Texas in the 1930s.
More recently, in 1998's "After Life," a wonderfully spare and yet moving Japanese film by director-writer Hirokazu Koreeda, the newly departed find themselves in an ordinary bureaucratic office. They are asked by kindly attendants to recall a single moment from their life when they were happiest. That moment is then re-created by a film crew and is the only memory the person will take with them to eternity.