A Synopsis of the Movie Looking For Alibrandi

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During life there are many events that we face which help us change our perspectives and gain wisdom. The Bildungsroman feature film Looking For Alibrandi, directed by Kate Woods and released in 1999, as well as the novel Looking For Alaska, written by John Green and published in March of 2005 both explore the transformation from innocence to wisdom. Both of these texts explore the idea that the more we know about people and the more we observe and listen, the greater the opportunity for tolerance and wisdom in the future. The protagonists in each text undergo changes in their lives that cause them to re assess situations and in turn gain wisdom. During the film Looking For Alibrandi, Josie's perspective of her grandmother changes from viewing her as nagging old woman to having a loving, caring, respectful relationship with her. The film enables viewers to see the stages in which Josie’s perspective changes as she gains knowledge about her grandmother. Initially Josie hates having to spend time with her grandmother, until the scene ‘The Baby Would Stop The Curse.’ This scene builds on the changing relationship between Josie and Nona. The scene begins with the diegetic crashing sound of one of Nona Katia’s photo albums falling to the floor. As Josie walks into the room a high angle shot shows Nona Katia scraping up the photos, with an overhead shot of a photograph of Marcus Sandford, who turns out to be one of Nona Katia’s lovers. When Josie asks who is in the photo, Nona Katia recounts an anecdote of Marcus comforting her after the death of her parents from influenza. As Katia tells the story the camera zooms in to a close up which shows the emotion on her face as she is recounting. Instead of Josie disrespecting her Nona, a shot-reverse-shot shows her listening silently to the story that Nona Katia is telling. When Nona finishes telling her story, Josie replies by asking if Nona still wants her to do her hair in Italian dialogue. The Italian dialogue at the end...
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