Unformatted text preview: feelings toward this scuba idea especially for it being a “pretty exciting birthday present.” When Ben reaches the water he once again hesitates but pursues to enter. Once in the water he immediately tries to exit, but both his parents push him back into the water, proving to the audience that Ben is tied down but his parents. The audience gets the feeling of inescapability for Ben, which Nichols’ was known for in his films. After being forced back into the water the camera pans out as it shows Ben standing at the bottom of the pool away from all. Ben rests lonely at the bottom of the pool finally given his freedom. Yet, the slow pan out of the camera work shows another inner conflict, his depression for being alone. The self-conscious editing of the camera work call attention to the directors choices in helping the audience understand what Ben is feeling. As you watch this clip you begin to feel bad for him and hope he can find happiness in some way....
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- Spring '99
- English-language films, Debut albums, Ben, Feeling