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An Angel at my Table and The Sweet Hereafter a Difference in Time The two movies An Angel at my Table and The Sweet Hereafter tell stories about the trials of being human They both show the viewer a world that they with any luck do not have first hand knowledge Though they both talk of the human condition they do so by using stylistic differences that in their own right pull the viewer into the story The way that time is manipulated is the most obvious way the two films differ in the way their respective stories are shown to the audience While Atom Egoyan use time in The Sweet Hereafter to alter the way the viewer sees the different characters while Jane Campion in An Angel at my Table uses it so the viewer can feel the hardships the main character has had to endure The cutting continuity of the films differs greatly and gives each film a distinct tone The Sweet Hereafters use of time is especially interesting The film winds through about five different periods The viewer watches and is sucked in to the story by all that is not known The viewer is told of an accident long before it is ever shown They see two scenes of fathers and daughters interacting in ways that do not seem like we are being told the whole story This keeps the viewer wanting information that will clear up all of these compromising situations in which the characters are immersed The character that is best shown with this flip flop cutting continuity is Nicole Nicole is the character that we learn through as the narrator of the pied piper poem After the accident we are supposed to see her as the lame boy who could not keep up We watch as she goes from being the center of her fathers attention to being a way for him to get rich
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