Along with the elevator, as a recognizable location, real time adds to the reality of story and creates a counterweight to the dread. It’s a small concentrated tale that nevertheless has a clear dramaturgical structure. If you use the dramatic narrative model, to clarify the structure of the film, then the girl walking towards the elevator is the film’s inciting incident.
During presentation and elaboration, we first see her in profile and then head on when the doors open. ‘Point of no return’ occurs when she enters the elevator, and as it ascends and the voices increase, we have ‘conflict escalation’. The film reaches its climax when she leaves the elevator and the invisible force forces her head back and pulls the elastic out of her hair. In the film’s resolution, she stops and slowly turns to us, while the voice speaks to her.
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A good story always contains conflict that gets the narrative moving and gives it depth. We can distinguish between inner conflicts, where the person is in conflict with herself, and outer conflicts, where the person is in conflict with her surroundings.
Concurrently she hears voices but whether they are real voices or her own state of mind playing tricks on her, is open to interpretation. As we watch, there’s no doubt that something pulls at her pony tail when she leaves the elevator. So perhaps the invisible force is both an opponent and a collaborator in her controlled life and emancipation, we think. What do you think?
Have a think about whether the voices in the film are outside, or inside the girl’s head - or both!
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