Joe vs The Volcano

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Watched Joe vs The Volcano. Lots of repeating motifs. The path in the picture is repeated in other parts of the film. Long slow establishing shots. Joe begins the film as a hypochondriac in a dead end job in a depressing factory. He agrees to jump into a volanco, as a human sacrifice, after hearing he has six months left to live. It’s about seizing the moment and living life the way you want to live it. Very American. I was attuned to seeing how often the shots changed after reading various chapters of Film Art An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson. Unfortunately, it has a happy ending and the words “and they lived happily every after” are displayed on the screen at the end.

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