Essay on Looking at Life in Different Ways

1162 Words Oct 24th, 2010 5 Pages
“At the end of Look Both Ways, the film-maker convinces viewers that the characters are capable of looking at their lives in different ways.” Do you agree?

In the film Look Both Ways, director Sarah Watt explores the theme that perspective can determine experience in life. The film demonstrates that life is an unscripted event where no one knows the final outcome and we can often become overwhelmed by how seemingly little control we exert over the navigation of our lives By using main characters Nick, Meryl and Andy, she suggests that changing a person’s outlook on life can enrich that person and help overcoming problems. Nick learnt that cancer does not necessarily implicate death, Meryl freed herself from her fears by realising risks
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His decision to begin a relationship with Meryl shows that Nick decides in the end, to choose life over death. The sequence of photos at the end of the film show that Nick moves on with a positive outlook on life.

Meryl’s view on life changed significantly throughout the film. Through her conversation with Nick at her flat, death used to be a concept she ‘embraced...wholeheartedly’. The death of her father turned Meryl's view of life and death distorted and fatalistic, forcing her to confront her mortality. This is made evident by the disturbing animations signifying her imagination, filled with morbid scenes of her own death played out in countless different scenarios. Even though initially she tells Nick that ‘it’s the natural order of things’ to die, it becomes apparent that she fears this natural order and is haunted by the possibility of it occurring to her. Rather than face her fears, Meryl copes by attempting to avoid them. This is demonstrated when she is bombarded by scenes of death in ‘The Southern Mail’ and she escapes by disposing of the paper. She also runs away after her argument with Nick as she is ‘scared stupid’ and tries to physically outrun her problems.

When Meryl almost falls into the path of a car she comes face to face with death, helping her to find peace with it. The near death experience is like a wakeup call, she

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