Shine: Meaning of Life and Human Condition

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Shine highlights three major human conditions throughout the movie, the need for companionship, the unbroken human spirits and human's tendency to reflect on the past. From these human conditions, scenes in Shine and use of camera techniques we learn how to approach situations and downhills in life and to rediscover and give purpose to life rather than give up and accept defeat.

David's isolation and loneliness started from when he was a child, always pushed into the limelight but gaining no real support nor affection from either parents. The loneliness is by use of camera angles, long shots of David with no one around, high angle shots – minimalising David so that he appears to be small and vulnerable. The use of shadows, silhouettes and darkness are also used to create an isolated, cold family environment. There are small gestures throughout the movie that create the lonely feeling such as rain, the sombre music in background and sometimes foreground and panoramic views of David gazing out. Perhaps the most distinct scene, where we truly acknowledge David's desperation to be accepted and welcomed into society was the one of him sitting on a public bench watching a couple jog past. The long shot of the couple and David trailing behind shows that everyone has a companion but he has no one. The scene is accompanied by rain and dramatic music, furthermore creating an isolated environment. After David's breakdown, the feeling of loneliness was greater and often scenes of David on the outside, gazing into some room where people are happily conversing. These scenes are usually followed by close up of David's face, showing grief and determination to be part of that community. David's rejection and lack of companions carry on with him to the boarding house, where the manager locks piano and doesn't allow him to play, however as he finds companionship within Sylvia and Gillian, they help him to become a happier, livelier person. These scenes are proof that the human...
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