Fear and Trembling Film Anaysis Essay

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Fear and Trembling Film Analysis
Paul Regallis
Intercultural Communication 35852
Dr. Mei-Chen Lin
November 28, 2007

Abstract The movie Fear and Trembling shows many examples of intercultural communication. Amélie, one of the main characters in the movie, encounters different kinds of intercultural adaption difficulties. A few examples of these are making friends, cultural knowledge and appreciation and pressure to conform. Some of Amélie's experiences have her going through some aspects of culture shock such as feeling of strain, feeling of rejection and feeling of anxiety. Amélie asks questions and disagrees with her superiors while she is going through the adaptation process. The process consists of enculturation, acculturation
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Culture distance was prevalent in Amélie's experiences because we was used to being able to have a polite conversation with a superior to come to a conclusion about a topic instead of dealing with people that have one way of accomplishing a task.
Amélie felt as if she was performing her tasks to the best of her abilities even when she was being rejected multiple times. She wrote a letter in English for her manager many times in different styles although nothing was good enough. Amélie had to make photo copies of a document multiple times before they were satisfactory for her manager. She also had to adjust to the rules of doing her tasks well and not to take work away from others. Another example for the ways Amélie needed to adjust was not to out-work anyone that was above her because that was considered disrespectful.
Adaptation Process
The adaptation process consists of three steps based on the socialization process that we learn and acquire "all the factors and processes which make one human being fit to live in the company of others" (Gudykunst & Kim, 2003). The first step in the adaptation process is enculturation, this is the process whereby individuals learn their group's culture, through experience, observation, and instruction (Gudykunst & Kim, 2003). Acculturation is the next step and consists of detecting, learning, unlearning and adjusting. The last step in this process is called deculturation; this is unlearning of the original cultural habits

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