How Was Sarah Watt Explore the Ways People Deal with Their Personal Tragedies in 'Look Both Ways'

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How does Sarah Watt explore the ways people deal with their personal tragedies in Look Both Ways? Discuss. In Look Both Ways, Sarah Watt explores a variety of emotions and experiences, focusing on the ways people deal with their personal misfortune. Including the death of loved ones, the fear of death, possible relationship breakdowns and the grief of feeling responsible for somebody’s death. Watt uses visual images; animations, flashbacks and periods of silence to show the effects these issues have on each character. Through conversations and images relating to the characters and relationships throughout the film, Watt suggests that forming supportive and meaningful relationships with others can help us cope with personal…show more content…
Watt expresses moments of silence throughout the film to suggest the dept of emotion when a personal tragedy strikes us and how words are sometimes useless to those who are suffering from grief. The train driver sits at his kitchen table in silent grief, being watched by his wife. Sometimes people turn inward when they are grieving, while those around them quietly offer/give them support. For example when the train drivers son brings him a beer and they drink together in silence. This scene was shot from a distance; just as Nicks front-page photo of Julia is a long-distance shot too. The camera looks through windows and doorways at Julia as she tries to deal with the death of Rob. The family members carefully tread around her, never entering her personal space. When the silences during the film are broken this has more impact. At the end of the film, the only words we hear the train driver say are ‘I’m the train driver. I’m sorry.’ And Julia replies: ‘It wasn’t your fault’. Julia smiles for the first time in the film as the driver and his son leave, which adds to the positive mood at the end of the film, once again suggesting that positive interactions with others can help us to deal with our personal tragedies. Watt doesn’t show very much of Joan throughout the film, but from the scenes she stars in we learn she doesn’t dwell on the past. Joan makes the most of

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