"The Namesake" Film Commentary

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“The Namesake”

The Namesake is a film that has both visible and invisible sounds. The different sounds are used to portray different emotions in the film. In the beginning of the film we see Gogol’s father on a train when all of a sudden we hear the train screech but we do not see the actual action of the train getting into a wreck. This is what we call invisible sound, when you can hear a sound but not see the origin of where the sound is coming from. We also hear invisible sounds of people biking, and we can significantly hear the rattling of their bike chains when the film starts to take place in America. In the beginning, the film takes place in India where we hear a woman singing but we do not see her, then later at the end of the film we see Ashima singing. This could be considered and invisible sound that later becomes visible. When Ashima comes to America and her husband needs to go to work, we see her lying in bed when we can hear ice melting and dripping from outside, we can perceive this to make us feel how lonely Ashima feels in America away from her family.

The Namesake also uses color as a way to make people feel different emotions or moods. When the film takes place in India, the colors we see are very vibrant and warm such as red,brown, and some browns, kind of like how India is. India is a country where it’s always warm and loud and it kind of has a “hustle-bustle” feel to it with its noisy crowded streets. When the film moves to New York we see cool colors like, gray and blue. Ashima is no longer in her country where it’s warm, but in a country that is cold, dull and lonely. The film uses colors and sounds to enhance the audience emotions and mood.
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