A scene analysis

 

CRYING OUT LOVE IN THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD

The Selling Point

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Introduction and background on the scene.
Shot by shot analysis covering Dialogue, Camera, Light and music.
Concluding remarks.

 
 
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Before we begin, let me say that this is not a review and I only intend to talk about most memorable aspects and moments of this film.

Introduction

Recently, I watched Crying out love in the centre of the world because the title of the movie really struck me. The opening shot was good and it was particularly the voice over that was exceptionally beautiful.

Imagine, trees swaying violently with heavy rain pouring down in the middle of the night and a soft melody on the piano is audible in the background. "Typhoon #29" says Saku in his sincere and matter of fact tone, and then Aki in her soft, trembling, drowsy and drugged voice asks "Typhoon?.....Darling, will we make it?"

The opening had me convinced enough to watch the entire movie and throughout I came across some of the most memorable moments the cinema has to offer.

So without any further adieu, I'll start talking about the first scene which made me realise that I had to watch the film in its entirety.*

Context :

Ritsuko uses a walkman and begins to play the cassette that Aki had entrusted her with for Saku, but due to unfortunate circumstances she was unable give it to Saku. Now, as Saku's fiance, Ritsuko must discover what was in the last tape that Aki left behind.

Analysis

The entire scene is cut into gif sequences below for easier description.

Shot 1

Shot 1

As the camera is following Ritsuko, she comes to halt and is standing by herself, alone amongst all the people on a rainy night. She brings out the cassette player.

Shot 2

Shot 2

Shot 3

Shot 3

Camera moves in closer and establishes a closer proximity as Ritsuko inserts the cassette into the walkman and prepares to listen to the recording.

Shot 4

Shot 4

As she begins listening to the tape, the background noise and crowd's cluttering dimishes. The camera backs away a little and her lonesomeness is portrayed by her expression and the crowd passing in the background.

We get to hear Aki's small, feable, quavering but somewhat courageous and confessing voice. She admits her fear and accepts her instincts.

Shot 5

Shot 5

As Aki ponders and admits her fears, the background noise ceases to exist and all we can hear is her sad and battered voice. The camera gently begins to move in, sorrow clouds Ritsuko's features. She stands with a blank face and slowly, a tiny glimmer of sadness glows in her eyes as she is fighting back the tears about to roll down her eyes.

Shot 6

Shot 6

Amidst a silent storm, Aki's soft and frail words break the silence. As Aki accepts her near demise, Ritsuko's eyes start to well up with unbearable sadness and she begins to tear up.

Ritsuko, after hearing Aki's tape comes to know the truth. With this sudden realization of the truth, all she could do is just stand and mourn the time long gone.

Shot 7

Shot 7

Shot 8

Shot 8

After Aki's confession comes the andante with piano leading the waltz for the strings. The camera has moved in as close as it could, Ritsuko's standing teary eyed and slowly a warm light covers her in it's gently embrace. The heart pulling motion in the melody begins. Ritsuko, after having heard everything, closes her eyes and let's tears roll down her face.

Conclusion

Crying Out Love In The Centre Of The World is full of surprises and lovely moments. This is just one of those moments and the upcoming posts would be covering such moments. The film has its ups and downs, but I would recommend to watch this movie atleast once because it covers some really interesting aspects of life with some really tasteful camera work.