Alex Garland men It sparked plenty of conversations to go along with the praise it’s received from critics – particularly when it comes to the film’s shocking final scene.
men It is the story of a woman who decides to take a vacation in the English countryside, only to be tormented by something sinister lurking in the quaint small town. The film cast Jesse Buckley (the missing daughter) as Harper Marlowe, whose husband’s suicide led her to book a country vacation. She was joined by Rory Kinnear on the small film crew (Our knowledge means death), who portrays multiple characters in the film, including Jeffrey, the friendly owner of the house Harper rented.
What begins as a quiet vacation soon takes a dark turn for Harper, whose perspective on the terrifying events unfolding around them adds another surreal layer to Garland’s exploration of trauma, sexuality, and the cyclical nature of creation. Her experience culminates in a final confrontation with her tormentor which, in more than one way, provides a spectacle for everyone to talk.
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“This specific sequence was written as mutations — just like a series of mutations” as he chases Harper out of the yard and into the house, Garland told Digital Trends of the scene containing the mysterious, green man-like entity Kinnear. (The green man is a mythical being that is interpreted primarily as a symbol of rebirth.)
As the scene begins with a more human-like birth, it gradually evolves into something more bizarre, as each new form emerges from a different opening or other point on its predecessor’s body, forcing its way out as Harper looks on in horror. Garland has noted that his penchant for keeping the script flexible and shooting his films largely in their narrative order has left the final scene up in the air for a long time, with only vague ideas about how it should be shown on screen.
“Some people film the whole thing and have an incredibly clear idea of what’s going to happen. Garland chuckled. “I tell the actors at the rehearsal stage, this script is still smooth and open and we can make changes and we can find things.”
Initially, Garland revealed, the scene was intended to have a more nature-based theme for transformation.
“There was a kind of loose thinking, because we had the character of the green guy, it’s going to be about the seasons – that spurts are going to happen through things like the green growth that comes out of it,” he explained. “If you leave the camera on a dead fox for a week, and then time-lapse film of the way it degrades and changes, we might make mutations like that.”
The exact look and feel he wanted for the scene remained elusive, until Garland said he was “kind of creatively slapped in the face” while watching an episode of the popular anime series. The attack on the Giants with his daughter. Set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with monstrous, human-devouring “Titans,” the series features some unique and intricate transformation sequences that depict the evolution of giants and their relationship to humans.
“[The series] He was taking human forms and making, in some ways, subtle changes — the ones that lean in a way that I really like toward absurdity,” he said. “I think irony is an important part of this movie, kind of funny, pathetic in some ways that sits alongside the Horror and strangeness. It is important that these two things sit facing each other.
“when I saw The attack on the GiantsI could see how creative and creative she was, and it made me think seriously,” he continued. “I spent Christmas this year making a lot of figure diagrams and then that became the birth sequence, basically.”
For Garland, this willingness to not set everything in stone before filming is what made this unforgettable scene possible, and allowed him time to find the right way to bring the most shocking scene in the movie to the screen.
“I try to go into the whole process of filmmaking, from pre-production to shooting and then still editing, surviving to the possibilities, surviving the changes, not feeling like things get tangible,” Garland said. “For me, the dream is for someone to watch this movie and not forget about it while they’re out of the cinema.”
Alex Garland menstarring Jesse Buckley and Rory Kinnear, and is now in cinemas.