Look Both Ways

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Look Both Ways is an Optimistic Film. To what extent do you agree?

Sarah Watt’s film, “Look Both Ways” depicts the initial inability of people to deal with grief but with understanding and communication its shows everybody is capable of dealing with pain. Presented when fear had taken control of the Western World as a result of the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Watt convinces the audience that there can still be optimism which leads happiness even when people are fearful. Watt’s portrays a view that pessimism can lead to optimism when the characters develop their own individual ways of coping with grief through strong animation, photo montage and subtle symbolism. Nick struggles at first but develops an understanding towards his own cancer; Meryl’s constant visions of death are eliminated when she has a realistic encounter with it and the film techniques of the process of the weekend and its heat begins with pessimism but develops optimistically.

Watt’s portrayal of Meryl changes gradually from someone who fears death and those around her because of her own loneliness, to someone who is capable of viewing her life with more optimism. Meryl’s life is filled with loneliness as she is first seen returning from her father’s funeral, yet unable to convey her own grief at her loss. As she walks home, alone, she envisions herself dying brutally when; the train she is in hits a tunnel, the train derails, she gets hit by a car and is strangled by a passing “rapist, axe murderer.” Her constant fear of death surrounds her because she is unable to confide with another person in her life as she goes through it alone. She lives in constant fear. Through her actions she believes everything is “meant to be” but through her thoughts she lives in a world she cannot control. This creates a fear in her and she often feels like she is sitting alone at the bottom of a well with no one to hear her scream. Coincidentally, she meets Nick, the man who is...
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