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'He makes a fool out of you': The shift in social structure in The Cage

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While adopting a theme and story that are common in short fiction film-making – a child's encounter with suffering and mortality – The Cage nonetheless confounds narrative expectation. Adrian Sitaru challenges short film conventions through his choice of character focus and naturalistic style, expressing subtle shifts in family dynamics.

Keywords: Romania; child; convention; family; mortality; naturalism

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Glasgow Short Film Festival

Publication date: August 9, 2012

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