While I can’t say that The Sixth Sense is my favorite movie, or even ranks in the top 10, it is a pretty good movie. One of the things I like most about it, however, is all of the very subtle imagery that’s never expounded upon. And imagery that few people ever notice, like this:
Did you notice that both the patient that breaks into Bruce Willis character’s home in the beginning and Haley Joel Osment’s character have a streak of white hair? Haley’s is harder to find an image of, because it’s even more subtle, hidden in the back of his hair and to the side, but it’s there.
There are other uses of subtle imagery in the movie, like pops of red in an otherwise bleak landscape (the doorknob, the tent, the balloon, wardrobe choices, blankets, wine, etc.), you never see Bruce’s character cast a reflection on objects he passes(the china cabinet leading to the basement, for one), and the use of non-verbal communication between Bruce and Haley’s characters to indicate that Haley’s character was uncomfortable talking to someone whom he perceived to be ‘not really there’ for other people.
I enjoy creators that take the time to think about what they want out of a movie, a book or an animation and intentionally add things that, in the long run, the majority of audiences won’t notice.