Monday, March 7, 2016

2016 OSCARS: Carol (2015) - The Bridge to Take Us Between POVs

[Quick Summary: Therese, a young 1950s shopgirl, gets involved in a relationship with Carol, a married woman and mother in a difficult situation.]

This well-written script has:
- an elegant tone (which I expected) and
- nearly constant movement (which I did not).

The writer moves us from one POV to the next seamlessly.

(OK, there's a lot of black print on the page, but the movement makes it work.)

In the scene below, note how a package is used to bridge us between POVs:

ex. "EXT. THERESE'S APARTMENT. LATE NIGHT.

THERESE stands in front of a postbox, wearing a coat over her night clothes. There's not a soul in sight in the cold night.  She looks at a small package addressed to "Mrs. H. Aird" for a moment before dropping ti into the postbox. She looks up at her window a moment before being seized by a chill and running up the stoop to her building.

EXT. SUBURBAN NEW JERSEY STREET. LATE MORNING.

A MAILMAN pulls up to a large stone house with a gabled roof, along the stately residential street. He grabs a handful of mail, jumps down and begins walking up the driveway.

INT. CAROL'S HOUSE. ENTRANCE. LATE MORNING.

Mail is dropped through the letter slot, including THERESE'S package to CAROL. FLORENCE, CAROL'S housekeeper, glances over to the entry while mopping the floor."

WHAT I'VE LEARNED: It's handy to use an object to bridge the viewer between POVs.

Carol (2015)
by Phyllis Nagy
Based on the novel, The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith

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