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American Independent CinemaRites of Passage and the Crisis Image$
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Anna Backman Rogers

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693603

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693603.001.0001

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Chapter Three

Chapter Three

(p.115) Chapter Three
American Independent Cinema

Anna Backman Rogers

Edinburgh University Press

Somewhere focuses not only on a life-crisis, but also on an extended liminal moment in a character’s life. Johnny’s life is in suspension; his lack of focus and direction is visualised in the frequent scenes that are set in his car, which often seem to violate continuity of space and direction. In other words, the moments that the main character ‘drives’ forward actually convey circularity and confusion. Indeed, as in Broken Flowers, the notion of ‘making nothing happen’ becomes central to our experience of the film. The film’s presentation of time, space and character is deeply imbricated with Somewhere’s central character as each facet helps to articulate the severity of his apathy and inability to change.

Keywords:   American Independent Cinema, Art Cinema, Independent film, Indie Film, Sofia Coppola, Crisis, Rites of Passage, Violence, Time, Space

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