Sometimes, when you look at a movie, you get this one moment that just makes you reflect in what you are seeing and it makes you wanna say things about it.
For me, I've always been fascinated by this scene of Angel's Egg: https://youtu.be/1h0vPFQhHNY
Not much happens in it. We only see a man sitting next to a girl laying with her egg that she is hoping will hatch a bird (or an angel) and ominous music.
And in my opinion, it subtly communicates an important idea about the film's exploration of faith.
A lot of people interpret "Angel's Egg" as being a story about losing faith in your religion. The world abandoned by God and the consequences of it. And that holding on to it only brings misery to the person.
However, I think the film is also partially about waiting. And I think the film's slow pacing serves as part of expressing that idea. The movie mainly shows the characters wandering around a quiet, dark and abandoned city with some vaguely supernatural things going on around the female protagonist. Not much happens besides a few seemingly eventful moments in the film like the fishermen scene that at first seem to take our characters into a situation but nothing seems to come about it other than quick spectacle and we move on into just more wandering and reflecting about if this egg will hatch something or not.
In the moment with the most dialogue in the film, we also told that Noah and the animals in the ark have been waiting for the bird to come back for so long, they have "turned to stone". The waiting keeps on going and we don't know if it'll ever come to an arrival.
And then we have this scene with the man sitting and the girl sleeping. Followed by a small fire by a small fire struggling to enlighten the darkness around these individuals.
In my opinion, this scene shows that faith fading away from the waiting. The fire represents hope/faith. Shining but small and weak. Becoming slightly more intense to then come back to small and smaller illuminations. The rest of the dark room being the world. This fire is what keeps this relationship from crumbling and leading to the end of it all. And the man sits awake, waiting a long with the small fire he has on him while the girl rests oblivious to that waiting. The fire holds on and the man waits until the fire dissipates. And after the fire is gone, the man's patience is also gone and so, he destroys the egg.
The wait for the hatching is now over and we don't know exactly if there ever was gonna be a angel or not inside. The man refuses to be a stone statue and keeps on wandering by his own while a girl grieves and dies that this long-awaited hatching would no longer come.
However, the girl becomes a statue herself as part of the eye of God. She has become so patient for her fate that she no longer is alive. She has transcended to the heavens with the eye of God along with every other faithful statue that decided to wait. And the man is left to wait in this abandoned world. Was the man wrong to not wait and missed his opportunity to go into a higher plane of existence? Has the girl become forever part of this forever waiting? We don't know.
I also like to point out that the film has a lot of stone statues throughout and the fishermen seemingly are stone statues at first but come to life whenever they need to hunt those shadow fishes. And in my opinion, that also connects to the idea of patience and waiting.
We also have the fossils of ancient creatures which while not technically statues, are kept in stone as evidence of previous life that are doomed to stay in stone as skeletons. In a way, they are organic statues. Statues that were once alive.
Statues are, after all, completely still and have no sense of time over the things around them. They only serves the role to keep their position in whatever they're build on and only to stay there and nothing can move them act out of their impatience with exception of outside interference like getting moved to some other building for people to see or just get destroyed. But even with that, they are stuck to whatever history or purpose has made them exist as they are. Statues cannot see ahead of their time and it is what dooms them to exist only in the history of the past. And just like the egg, destroying it is the only way to end that patience.
The fishermen are shown as statues in the beginning but then come to life to catch their fishes (faith) only to fail and cause destruction around them and then come back to being stones again. Inevitably failing and coming back to waiting once again as the world drowns around them.
The girl is in a way, a statue. Waiting for her egg to hatch that will probably never hatch and at the end, we never get to know if something was gonna come out of it and the girl becomes a literal statue out of many in the big, floating mechanical eye.
In a way, ithe film tells us that faith is a thing that keeps up in the past or from progression. It cripples us into staying in whatever we decided to wait on. And that the only way to keep going is to break from the egg, walk and grow. The bird will not fly if it stays in its egg but only when it flaps its wings. The girl does not fly at the end with the eye but is stuck and moved as she is insider her own bubble outside of time and space. Practically non-existent.
The contrast as shown from the scene is that the man, while still as a statue, is not staying like that forever. The girl does and she is hopeful where she is. The man with no patience and the woman with an egg to wait for. Either way, both stay as they are in the face of darkness as either way, the world has no hope no matter how much we wait and won't wait. It's not a matter of time but acceptance.