[Quick Summary: When two female best friends go on a road trip, Thelma is almost raped by a stranger, & Louise shoots him, causing them to flee toward Mexico, with a trail of police on their tail.]
Louise has a cloud that hangs over her.
The audience doesn't know where it comes from until late into the film, but we SEE it underneath her actions.
The writer shows her mastery of subtext by showing, not telling, that Louise is a control freak & has trouble trusting any man.
ex. Harlan laughs. Thelma laughs, too, but doesn't really get the joke. Louise does not laugh.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: This is trusting your reader.
Giving just enough info, but not treating them like they can''t put two and two together.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
by Callie Khouri