Film Language Tag: character
A character is an imagined human being inflected into a particular narrative position - or character-space - within the larger character-system of a story. Different characters place distinctive and competing demands on our narrative attention. These characters include major characters or protagonists, minor characters, and an undifferentiated mass that lacks the individuation major and minor characters receive. Characters are central to the causal development of narratives. (adapted from Alex Woloch, One v. Many and Bordwell et al, Film Art)
After meeting to discuss shared memories of alien abduction and violation, Brian (Brady Corbet) and Avalyn (Mary Lynn Rajskub) encounter a dead deer she says was experimented on by aliens and then left in the field near her home. When she presses Brian to insert his hand into an incision in the body, he experiences flashbacks of past alien abduction and violation -- with a young Neil (Chase Ellison) appearing in them alongside his own past self (George Webster)
On a walk shortly after meeting, Avalyn (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Brian (Brady Corbet) discuss the relationship between dreams and alien abduction. She shows him a scar on her leg she considers evidence of an alien tracking device, inviting him to touch it; he tells her about his history of nosebleeds after memory lapses.
Marcel (Jenny Slate) takes care of his grandmother, Nana Connie (Isabella Rossellini), and observes the attention they are getting. After ensuring privacy in his home, he goes on to "ice-skate" on a dusty table before he notices a squirrel in the house.
Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) runs to stop Connie Kendrickson (Ashlie Atkinson) from bombing Patrice Dumas's (Laura Harrier) home. Ron gets stopped by the police for catching Connie and unknowingly, Felix kills himself, Ivanhoe, and Walker by pressing the button to the bomb while parked right next to the car.
Civil Rights leader Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins) recites a speech at a local rally hosted by the Black Student Union. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) attends, going in undercover on behalf of the police as Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) and Jimmy Creek (Michael Buscemi) listen in. Ture speaks on the need to embrace Blackness and Black beauty, police brutality, opposition to the Vietnam war, and the fight for racial equality.
Jerome Turner (Harry Belafonte) recounts the lynching of Jesse Washington at a Civil Rights rally as it is cross cut with Philip Zimmerman's (Adam Driver) - posing as a white version of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) - induction into the KKK. Turner describes in detail the murder and we go back and forth between this and David Duke's (Topher Grace) white nationalist speech. All the while, Stallworth is watching the induction ceremony happen from a window.
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.
Wanda (Octavia Spencer) waits at the hospital to hear of her son Oscar's (Michael B. Jordan) prognosis after being shot by a BART police officer. A doctor informs her and other loved ones that Oscar is not responding well to treatment, prompting Wanda to lead a prayer for him. However, Oscar dies.
After hearing of their tenant Wei-Wei (May Chin)'s immigration troubles, Wai-Tung Gao (Winston Chao) and his partner Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) decide to stage a marriage to solve her immigration problems and satisfy Wai-Tung's parents. They re-decorate Simon and Wai-Tung's apartment to appease Mr. and Mrs. Gao, removing signs of their relationship.
After his father suffered a stroke, Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) rushes to the hospital to find his mother, Mrs. Gao (Gua Ah-Leh). When Mrs. Gao notes Wei-Wei's pregnancy, Wai-Tung spontaneously comes out to her as gay, while Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) and Wei-Wei (May Chin) overhear the conversation.