Amanee, kemi, megan & stella_Urban Stories - PPC - Thematic Comparison of Case Studies
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As Tears Go By – Wong Kar-Wai Sequence chosen/time code: 33 minutes and 04 seconds – 38 minutes and 50 seconds Wah discovers that fly is in debt to Tony and visits the enemy’s turf in order to settle the dispute.Power: Wah and Tony are both big brothers in the Triadgangs. Both characters are seated in the shot andaddress each other equally. However, the body languageand facial expressions suggest that they have very littlerespect for each other. The silver prop indicates a senseof division between Wah and Tony. Poverty: Fly borrows the money from Tony, a dangerous move as Tony is the big brother of a rival Triad group, but is incapable of paying him back. Conflict: Unable to resolve the issue, Wah takes Tony’s boss hostage and threatens the gang whilst ordering Fly to rob the till, adding to the controversy and tension.
La Haine – Mathieu Kassovitz Sequence chosen/time code: 25 minutes and 55 seconds – 32 minutes and 07 seconds Vinz finds the missing police gun and is confronted by Hubert who warns him about the consequences of killing a policeman. The three friends attempt to visit Abdel in hospital but are denied access. This angers Saïd who is then arrested.Power: Vinz feels overwhelmed with power now that hepossesses the missing gun. He believes that this is a signfor him to avenge Abdel (if he dies) by killing a cop. Conflict: There is conflict between the circle of friends when Hubert confronts Vinz’s morals regarding the Poverty: Hubert, Vinz and killing of a police officer. Saïd are social excluded due There is greater sense of conflict between the police to Saïd’s angry outburst when and the three youths when they are stopped from they are told they canot see seeing their friend. Abdel. The policemen at the station are seen as figures of authority and look down upon the youth, making them feel disadvantaged.
Head-On – Fatih AkınSequence chosen/time code: 105 minutes and 50 seconds – 113 minutes and 40 secondsNiko taunts Cahit by badmouthing Sibel and claims that he has slept with her. Humiliated,Cahit kills Niko out of anger. The news of Sibel’s infidelity becomes public knowledge and she is disowned by her family.Power: Sibel’s father is the leader of his family as he hasthe power to disown his daughter. In the sequence, wesee him burning pictures of Sibel after her promiscuitycomes to his knowledge. Although Sibel’s mother tries tostop him from burning the photos, she cannot make himchange his mind because he has had the final say.Niko is also depicted as powerful. He ultimately has theupper hand when he teases Cahit because he has sleptwith Sibel whilst Cahit (her husband) has not. In thisscene, the dark interior of the bar is foreshadowing theunfortunate incident which is yet to occur. Conflict: Cahit killing Niko can be compared to two male animals fighting over a mate. ThisPoverty: With a comparison is well fitting for Cahit as hishusband in jail and no behavior can be described as quite animalistic.family to look after There has been ongoing conflict between Sibelher, Sibel is left and her family but, it is heightened once she iswithout any money to disowned. The tracking shot of her beingsupport herself and so chased by her brother and the close up shot ofshe crashes at Guven’s her pictures as they are burn portray this.house.
Lilja 4-ever – Lukas Moodysson Sequence chosen/time code: 8 minutes and 30 seconds – 14 minutes and 40 seconds Lilja’s mother gives her up for a life in America with her boyfriend, leaving Lilja to fend for herself. She is forced to move out of her home and into a dirty apartment by her cruel, insensitive aunt.Power: Lilja’s mother’s boyfriend is seen in a Conflict: After being abandoned by her mother,dominant light as he is convinces her to leave Lilja tears up the photograph of her mother in aLilja on her own. Patriarchy is a factor which fit of rage. This is presented through a close-upstands out distinctly in this film with the sex of the image and then of Lilja’s face so that the audience is able to see her pained expression.traffickers being mainly men. There is also conflict between Lilja and herAge patriarchy can also be another issue that aunt.contributes to the theme of power as Lilja’s aunthas the authority to evict Lilja from her home. Poverty: Lilja’s new home is a dirty apartment which hasn’t been cleaned since its previous owner died three months ago. Litter covers the floor, stained blankets and bed covers are strewn all over the place and the bathroom is comparable to a pigsty. Volodya is also forced to sleep rough when his alcoholic father kicks him out.