Death is doing its job, then hears itself (the Lord is the collective mind of mankind) speaking wisdom from the voice of Bill (its true Father). Death decides to let fate intervene in in place of destiny, taking a lover's life for his own vacation to learn. Fate then learns from the master (Bill), who is himself the Father of his two daughters (one married and one unmarried / Symbolism for Spirit of Man / Spirit of God). The unmarried daughter is the Spirit of God, while her Father is the personification of the literal father living in a state of inconscience(life / amnesia). The tree members of the trinity are present, including Satan (the evil partner who pays the illusion of the IRS (Taxes / Debt) in the end). The partner is the old self being overcome, just as Bill learns from Joe and Joe from Bill. In reality, they are one in the same (higher / lower nature). Satan is the accuser, or desire / conscience of all members of life. We all have an accuser as the image of the Lord (Collective mind).
Once you know the characters, you then know why Bill first heard his own voice speaking from the others side. In truth, God is the only mind of eternity. We are all slices of the ONE loaf of bread. We cannot know our true identity here, which is why Joe continually thanks Bill for keeping his own death Angel a secret. At the end of the movie, after Satan (the partner) is overcome, Bill and his own higher consciousness (Joe) walk over the symbolic bridge of eternity. This is only after Joe / Bill becomes a man, overcoming his own illusions. Two become ONE (Echad). This is a mirror to the Poem from the Hindus, the Mahabharata. Bill's advise to Joe was, in reality, his own advise for himself. God's image is mankind (the host for his own Spirit searching). Compare this to the Lord of the Old Testament judging mankind, but failing to realize we are HIS host / image. We can only judge our self. There is no one else to judge. Once he wrestled with the Lord (JOE), he then overcomes the image of his own self, completing the heroes journey. When he returns as ONE new creation, he is again united with his true love (the Holy Spirit in symbol). They walk off into the fireworks and back to the party (life). Who prepared the party? The other sister. She was married already. She is the Spirit of man parallel to the Spirit of God (holy spirit). We leave one to join the other when our guardian (Spirit of the World) is overcome and known. BOTH Spirits are necessity, just as death is only an illusion (Step to the next life).
This is a very old story, the very story no one knows from the Bible. The Lord is OUR collective higher nature (the soul). We are one blood, but many veins. Know Thyself!
great actors, bizarre screwed up plot, very difficult to understand and follow
A successful man, (Hopkins), meets the angel of death(Pitt). Finding out he has limited time, makes the best of it, and Parrish, introduces Black to his daughter. While falling inlove, and when it's time for Hopkins to go on, Pitt, realizes, he has a new life, and can make the best of it, with Susan, in a new life. A very beautiful story.