Friday, January 17, 2014

Plant, Pay-off

Introducing an object/dialogue/activity and then bringing it back in a different context, infusing it with new a meaning.

Example for an object plant/pay-off: In Sideways, a wine bottle dated back to 1961 is introduced as one of Miles’ most prized possessions. He looks forward to drinking this wine at a special occasion. Later in the movie, after he has been to his ex-wife’s wedding and realized she will not get back with him; Miles ends up drinking this prized wine in a McDonalds by himself, from a cheap plastic cup.

Example of a dialogue plant/pay-off: In 300, before raping Queen Gorgo, Theron says: “This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I am not your King.” Near the end of the movie, Gorgo speaks the same words back to him as she thrusts a knife into his chest: “This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I am not your Queen.”

Example of an activity plant/pay-off: In The Silver Linings Playbook, Tiffany run safter Pat and catches up to him the first time they run together. At the end of the movie, after the dance competition, the situation is reversed: This time Pat runs after Tiffany and catches up to her.

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