An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit the experience of belonging. The film Gran Torino, displays a great understanding of who belongs in a community and the experiences they have with each other, although alienation does take place through events in which occur. You acquire a sense of warmth with the characters feeling and attitudes they have with each other through the types of emotions and feelings they have with one another. Throughout the film you will gain a greater understanding of the hatred between immediate families and non-related families.
The film starts of by explaining who Clint Eastwood (known as Walt in the movie) really is and what he has done for his country. Walt was a War Veteran who fought in Korean War, and a lucky survivor. Whilst this is being explained, it shows that he has returned to his suburb in USA where he and his wife lived together. Unfortunately, his wife passed away and a sense of anger and infuriation started to overcrowd his inner self. In the opening scene at his wife’s wake, you find a sense of alienation with his immediate family and others who were friends of his wife. Through the use of silence and emotion on his face, a sign of frustration is shown, indicating that everyone who is there within the wake doesn’t belong and doesn’t know the story behind Walt’s wife. Furthermore, as Walt’s grandchildren go up to the alter to be accepted and to be welcomed by Jesus Christ into his home, jokes and laughter are taking place indicating that the kids don’t care about what is going on, The use of colour on the granddaughters close shows a sense of seclusion and difference as she is dressed informally and inappropriately, whilst everyone else is dressed for the specific occasion, this being the wake. Through this scene it depicts to us that there is no sense of belonging and that a use of alienation is