I feel bad for people who don't get this film! And if you don't appreciate the "beauty" in the scenes where the plastic bag is blowing in circles in the wind ( and the narration that accompanies them ), in my view, you don't get what this movie is about.
Some people spend much of their lives pursuing the kind of beauty that is central to the theme of this film. They may remember it solely from their childhood, or perhaps they recovered it once, possibly in their early adult years, but then lost it again.
Kevin Spacey's narration during the final scenes of this movie rang especially true for me. Because if you do get this intense appreciation for beauty back ( see the Bill Murray character at the end of Groundhog Day
), you may also discover that you've found an odd, and incredibly optimistic, outlook towards the prospect of dying; seeing death as a kind of liberation from the limitations of this life.
A few years ago, while down near the lakeshore in Kingston, Ontario, I had the opportunity ( due to favourable winds and the unusual architecture of a building ) to watch a plastic bag blowing in circles in the wind. The scene was clearly reminiscent of the one from this film, and I had an uncanny feeling that God was watching me. And that everything was exactly the way it was supposed to be.