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the movie that speaks to us: Gas, Food, Lodging

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8:15 am
December 19, 2009


gabriela garcia

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    This movie portrays a very pecular way of seeing the world: it emphasizes on the feelings of the characters and what they hope for in life. These particular aspects in movies are common in most indie films as part of the character developement (the character-based movie). I also enjoyed the fact tha it had a woman director because the movie is essentialy about the lives and perspectives of three women and it only makes sense to have the movie directed from a female point of view to make sure that the message stays true to the female realities. There is nothing more patronizing than a movie made form a misogynistic point of view.

Now that I got THAT off my chest Laugh. Lets talk about sound.

     The sound in the movie serves three mayor purposes: to set tone, set the mood,  give a location, give more information and introspection. This is all done throughout many scenes in the movie. The tone is mostly used when Nora and Trudi argue, their voices are very high-pitched to make the tension evident. The mood music comes in scenes like when Trudi is having sex at the cave and the music sets that romatic tone we all expect (somewhat boring by now). The location sounds are the first ones we notice since because it's what the movie starts with desert sounds like crickets; this is to make the audience feel like the movie takes place in a very isolated town. The narrative gives the audience a better peek at the character's thoughts as well as the small clips from the mexican movies that Shade watches.

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