Analysis Of The Movie ' The Bottom Line ' Essay

1310 Words Dec 15th, 2015 6 Pages
The bottom line: filmmaking is expensive, and therefore, a film must be efficient in its conveyance of story. Classical Hollywood cinema depends on the idea that cinema is deliberate, pointed, driven quickly through a linear narrative by carefully orchestrated action and plot devices. Transitions are smooth and fast paced, dialogue is pithy and heavily directed, not one second wasted on narrative “blank space”. But what happens to this model when the story a film strives to tell is a story not of action but of wandering? This question is raised by Iranian filmmaker Marzieh Meshkini in her 2004 film Stray Dogs. In order to tell this gripping tale of two Afghani children living on the streets of Kabul, Meshkini employs some tools of conventional cinema such as symbolism and allusion, but deliberately manipulates the pace of her film, creating a distinct and very intentional tone that is effectively evocative of the wandering nature of her narrative.
Stray Dogs opens on a dusty scene on the streets of Kabul, not quite fitting into the schema of the Western idea of a major city but more closely resembling a deserted wasteland, run amuck with children seemingly governed by none. Our protagonists, Zahed and Gol-Ghotai, are revealed to us amongst these children, a slow paced focus that informs us that the journey we are about to embark on is not exceptional, that the story we will share with Zahed and Gol-Ghotai is not a work of extraordinary fiction, but rather an arbitrary…

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