Grief in media rarely goes in depth and is often rush often with little consideration to how it impacts people 's everyday lives. This may be a reflection of how grief is viewed in our society. Collectively people are uncomfortable with death and talking about it publicly. We rather acknowledged it as little as possible. The movie “My girl” takes on the unique plotline of grief and loss. The movie, taking place in a funeral home, touches on both tangible and symbolic loss. These losses are represented in numerous instances throughout the movie within the character development of the main cast.
Harry, the father and owner of the funeral home, showed numerous signs of being an instrumental griever. Instrumental grievers are “doers”, they process their grief internally and busy themselves with everyday tasks. The first sign that hinted Harry was an instrumental griever was that he was very work orientated. Being focused on his work could just be a normal thing for Harry. However, he was also emotionally unavailable to his daughter, Vada.
The second hint I noticed was the absence of pictures of his late wife hanging in the house. In fact, Vada stumbles upon a photo of her parents in the garage. The photo was placed almost as if it was purposely hidden away from the world. If Harry was an instrumental griever he most likely would have grieved in private away from the public. Sadly we have no way of knowing for sure because there are no scenes in the movie that he shows any indication of mourning. On the other hand, the text says that people in Harry’s age group are heavily influenced by life obligations such as work and children. Harry lost his wife the same time his daughter was born, he could have been...
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... that you can 't put a time limit on love but this just seems rushed. As a viewer, I had a hard time processing the pace of their relationship I could imagine how Vada must have felt.
In conclusion, the movie does an impressive job of portraying the numerous faces of loss and grief. It expands upon what grief looks like in our society. I do have some negative feedback about the rush of coping in the film. During the movie, Vada runs away and after one night of solitude and reflection, she returns the next completely fine with the loss of her best friend. This seems typical in media as it often portrays grief as a short-term condition. However, at the end of the movie Vada perception of death is different, she sees it more as a temporary goodbye than an end of a bond. In the end, I am still pleased with the overall portrayal of grief in the movie.
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