Summary of the Plot Angus Hirst, Tom Broadley and Jack Crompton
The film begins with our main character Charlotte, walking down the corridor to the classroom. The audience will notice how Charlotte appears to be a lonely and isolated character, and this is crucial to the story line. Charlotte enters the classroom to have a conversation with her teacher regarding the results of her English creative writing exam homework. The teacher explains how although the story scored almost full marks, the actual content of the story has raised some concern, and begins to read the story. Summary of the Plot
This part of Charlotte’s story is the main focus of the film. The audience needs to realise that Charlotte writing the piece of homework in her bedroom, is what she has actually written for her creative writing piece. In this sequence we hear Charlotte’s inner thoughts, angry at herself for feeling like she is not living up to her personal expectations, academically. These negative thoughts result in the creation of a psychological counterpart with a physical existence. It has to be understood that only Charlotte can see this counterpart as it is all in her mind. This will be revealed through effective camera work. From here, the counterpart continues to play on Charlotte’s insecurities, and discourage her from finishing the homework.
This is the section of the film where the narrative and direction of the film may become slightly confusing but hopefully we can make it as clear as possible. The counterpart reminds Charlotte of a memory she tries to repress on a daily basis, and we as the audience enter this memory, taking us away from the bedroom in the story. Here, we see Charlotte and a presumed friend walking home at night, the two go their separate ways and the friend of Charlotte is attacked, and consequently dies. Charlotte feels that this is her fault for not walking her friend home.
We then come back to the bed room, with Charlotte and the counterpart, to see that Charlotte is now crying, and trying to explain how the death of her friend was not her fault and asks the counterpart why she wants her to suffer. The counterpart explains to her how the only one wanting her to suffer is herself, and the audience will realise that the counterpart is her dead friend. We then hear the teachers voice bringing us back into the classroom with the teacher and Charlotte. Charlotte assures the teacher that it is merely a story and that there is no reason for alarm or concern. In the last shot of the film, we see Charlotte leave the classroom, and the counterpart following close behind her, a representation that Charlotte has come to accept the death of her friend but will not forget her.
Ideas and Themes within the film <ul><li>Acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>Insecurity </li></ul><ul><li>The want to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Growing up </li></ul><ul><li>Change </li></ul>We feel that these are the key themes within the film. Although death is part of the film, we feel that this is merely a component, and has only been used to tie pieces of the film together and allow the audience to invest emotion in the main character.
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