I like when art shows you a little, but not everything, but that in itself is sort of everything.
For me in a good film there is usually one scene that is so subtle, it causes me to double take. Be it for its dialogue, editing or lighting, etc.
This evening I watched RocknRolla, and during the end of a scene between two characters (a man and a woman who showed attraction towards one another), there was a shot of the woman walking away from the man. Said woman is dressed quite elegantly in a tight fighting pencil skirt, and designer shoes. As she leaves, almost mid conversation from the man, he watches her walk away.
Typically, in a Hollywood drama of this nature, our gaze would follow the woman, and we’d watch her bottom trail off screen.
Instead, here our gaze still follows the woman, but its on her shoes. No other part of her body. We just see her shoes click on the tiles and cut quickly back to the man, who comments on the shoes.
I found this refreshing. There were many standout scenes within the film, but the subtle nature of this one, made me smile.
What about you? Any stand out scenes, in films as of late?