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In order to have a healthy relationship the parties involved must overcome the barriers of miscommunication through honesty empathy respect and trust As well as this one needs to be able to identity themselves and know who they really are and what they want in order for the relationship to succeed Without these elements any relationship will suffer The texts Muriels Wedding Manwatching Looking for Alibrandi and Chocolat all explore the way relationships are affected by these elements The main character Muriel in the film Muriels Wedding lacks positive communication with the people in her life thereby having unhealthy relationships with them Muriels father in particular has an unhealthy relationship with his family To others he is a dedicated and great man who has helped many On the other hand he is always demeaning his family In the scene The Rickshaw Room Bill is surrounded by his family and colleagues and is the centre of attention He is usually positioned in the centre of the frame with the others on the side The hierarchy of the Heslop family is also emphasized when low angle shots are used on Bill but is then disoriented when high angle shots are used on Betty showing the familys dysfunctional state In a normal situation the parents usually boast about their familys achievements in front of others Instead Bill continually criticizes his children and tells his guests what failures they are - Youre all a bunch of no-hopers all of you The camera pans across the whole family with their heads down stopping at Bill the head of the family with a disgusted look on his face This pan makes it seem as if the audience is judging them as well Bill continues to pull up his past by explaining how he was nearly elected into government and his slogan was You cant stop progress The irony of this is that he is the one stopping progress in his
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