Film Language Tag: opening sequence
The opening [sequence] provides a basis for what is to come and initiates us into the narrative. It raises our expectations by setting up a specific range of possible causes for what we see.
This scene is a montage that isolates Satya (J.D. Chakravarthi) and Vidya (Urmila Matondkar) and further establishes their intimacy, showing that Satya is not just a rugged, tough gang member, but complex and emotional as well. This intimacy exposes viewers to his true feelings and makes him more human, as opposed to a hypermasculine criminal.
After an apparent one-night stand, Micah (Wyatt Cenac) and Jo (Tracey Heggins) quietly observe each other while getting ready to leave their host (John Thurgood)'s now largely empty loft apartment. The party host invites them to stay for breakfast on their way out but they leave anyway.
A cherubic narrator provides an overview of Roman society in the early 1960s.