A Visual Text Study of Looking for Alibrandi, directed by Kate Woods - WikiEducator
Destiny. Josie Alibrandi, as the title suggests, is looking for her identity. Josie, yet for the Alibrandi women, especially Christina and Nonna, the Her relationship with Jacob Coote. .. Construct a short survey to test whether Anthony and. One great example of a stereotypical event in this book is the relationship between Josephine Alibrandi and Jacob Coote who is the school captain of a public. 1. How does Chapter 13 mark a change in the relationship between Josie and her father? 2. In chapter 14, Josie's attitude towards John Barton.
Josie and Anna get a life to have a say day with Angelo. Jacob Coote speaks after Josie, and while she says she isn't she seems to be impressed by him. They talk afterwards, looking at Carly and John Barton having their photos taken. Spotting a quiet moment, Christina and Michael talk about Josie, but it quickly develops into an argument which Josie, then Nonna walk in on. Josie stays with Nonna. She tries to listen to her Walkman, but Nonna makes her get the photos.
She talks about coming out on the boat. Josie sees John Barton and they talk. He is concerned that his father controls everything about his life. They decide they are both suffering under the weight of tradition.
Josie prays John will ask her to dace, but Jacob does instead. They dance for seven and a half songs, then while angling for a lift with John, Jacob offers to drop her home.
They ride on his motorbike, during which time, Josie goes from being petrified to enjoying it. They arrive at Josie's house, and after a couple of botched attempts, they decide to go out.
Josie meets John at the University to go over their course for the following year. Josie and Jacob go on a date to the movies. It ends horribly after being unable to decide on a film to watch. Michael drives along while Josie is storming home after the date. She accuses him of trying to buy them off, takes her anger out on him and leaves him there.
Josie 'swaps souls' with John Barton. She puts his in a box under the bed. Returning from a holiday break, Josie learns that John Barton is dead. Robert is a pallbearer. At home, Josie remembers about John's soul, opens it and reads it. He talks about the pressure on him to be what he isn't.
Josie tears up the piece of paper and sets him free. Josie sees Jacob on the bus. He gives her a hug. During confession, Josie breaks down. As she is leaving the chapel, Carly makes another racist comment.
Josie breaks her nose with a history book. Swallowing her pride, Josie calls her father, who arrives and sorts the situation out.
Christina goes on a date with Paul Presilio, much to the annoyance of her mother and daughter. Nonna goes through the photos again and talks about Marcus Sandford. While she's walking with Jacob, Michael stops Josie and offers her a job. They give Jacob a life home and have a coffee. Nonna sees them and takes Josie away. At her mother's work, Josie talks to her about the possibility of dating. They talk about when she and Michael were seventeen.
Josie goes to stay over at Michaels. She's impressed with his lifestyle, but finds a photo of his girlfriend back in Adelaide.
They have a big break up fight with water and flour. Studying, Sera tells Josie that her relationship with Jacob is doomed because they come from different stock. Josie goes to Jacob's and meets his dad. In Jacob's room, things progress towards having sex.
Josie decides it isn't the right time. They argue, Josie leaves, and Jacob catches her on the steps, asking why they are such a disaster. Josie sits her HSC, studying hard. She thinks she sees John Barton at the train station. Michael tries to teach Josie to drive, but reveals that he's heading back to Adelaide. Josie gets upset, abuses him and storms off. At Bondi beach, Josie talks with her friends.
She realises that Francesco couldn't have been her natural grandfather and races off to confront Nonna about it. Nonna concedes the truth, but wants to keep it from Christina, who arrives just in time. Michael is there, and when Jacob arrives, Josie brings him in and he is given a job.
Anna and Sera are also brought in. Josie puts on the music her family likes and asks Nonna for a dance. Setting The setting of a film is always important.
Take particular note of where events occur, because it is often not by accident. Josie's school is introduced in quite a dismissive way. Josie says that she's surrounded by girls who are treated like princesses by their fathers. She does not like the hypocrisy or shallowness of her school. Martha's it's all about money, prestige and what your father does for a living.
Josie's house is a small, modest flat, some distance from the school. This distance represents the social distance between Josie and the rest of the students at St. There are a number of shots that show Josie looking out the small windows of their flat introducing her mother, and after meeting her father which remind the viewer that Josie feels cramped here, and that she wants to move both up in the world and to a better house.
The apartment represents the things that Josie could gain from having a career like Michael's. She wants to have enough money to live like this and even directly connects Michael's law practice with this apartment. Having the harbour bridge so prominently placed in many of the shots that take place here reminds the audience of travelling and Josie's desire to cross over into this kind of world. Character and characterisation Josie Several of the events that occur during the film help us to see the way that Josie develops and changes over the course of the film: Josie is a reluctant participant in the family and cultural ritual.
She doesn't see herself as belonging there. She talks about her future, and about not really knowing where she fits in to society. At the beginning of the film, Josie says that fathers seem pretty useless anyway, and that she is happy do do without hers. As Michael's influence grows, Josie learns that half of her family history has been missing, and that Michael and her can have a fruitful relationship, beneficial to both of them.
Going out with Jacob: He teaches her that first impressions aren't always right about people, and that a relationship across different ethnic backgrounds can work. She also learns it's important to preserve your individuality in a relationship.
Studying for her future: Josie realises that these exams are an important part of the journey towards the life she wants. She learns that it is important to keep everything in balance, including friendships, relationships, work and school. Confronting her Nonna over Marcus Sandford helps to bring Josie's relationship with her to a new level.
Josie is more understanding of Nonna, and Nonna is more accepting of her grandchild born out of wedlock.
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How much Josie has grown and learnt over the course of the film is revealed in the final scene. She embraces her family and their traditions, welcomes her friends and boyfriend into the environment and is positive about not knowing exactly what will happen in the future.
Relationships As Josie as the central character in the film, most of the relationships are centred around her. Each one is important and Josie learns a little from each one to become the person she is at the end of the film. Undoubtedly Josie's closest relationship is with these two. They support and frustrate each other enormously, but by the end of the film, Josie is more appreciative of what each of them does for her.
Josie doesn't realise how much she's missed having a father until he shows up. While she's always been happy growing up with her mother, she begins to realise the support and advice of her father might come in handy. Josie's best friends are always there to support her, take her places and discuss ideas with. Sera comes from a similar Italian family so Josie doesn't feel her family is completely different to everyone she knows, while Anna makes work at Oporto a little more fun.
At first John represents where Josie wants to be. After getting to know him, and especially after his suicide, John shows Josie that you can feel alone and misunderstood regardless of your background. Carly represents all that's bad in the world of the wealthy. She is image obsessed, shallow and vindictive. Josie knows that if she enters John's privileged world, she won't be like Carly. Structure Compare the beginning and ending of the film The film covers a period of twelve months, beginning and ending with the family Tomato Day.
There are several key difference between these two scenes that reveal how much Josie has learnt and grown over the course of the film. What do each of these tell us about Josie? She runs away to the beach with Sera and Anna as soon as they arrive.
She talks about the curse afflicting the Alibrandi women. Footage is coloured to make it look old and out of date. She asks Nonna for a dance. She invites Jacob, Sera and Anna in to help.
She doesn't try to escape to the beach. Her voiceover talks about the good things going for the family, not the bad. I'm Christina and Michael's daughter and I'm Katia's granddaughter. And we're not cursed, we're blessed. She uses this technique to explain what's going on, to tell us how she feels about things, to introduce background information, but also to reproduce the kind of first person narrative the novel has.
Josie's doubts about her family, her culture and her future emerge through this voiceover.
Mamma, Nonna, cousin Robert etc. Josie tells us a lot of important background information in this voiceover. She reveals that Francesco kicked Christina out when she was seventeen; that Nonna believes Josie brought the curse on the family, and that only Josie and Christina know that Michael Andretti is Josie's father. Josie uses this voiceover to convey a number of things to us: A lot of what Josie's learnt about herself over the previous year is conveyed through this final voiceover.
She admits to not knowing everything, but she does know and appreciate more where she belongs. They are also a way of showing how creative, imaginative and romantic Josie is. Carly is such a glamorous figure in her school that Josie believes there is some truth in this fantasy. The way that all of her friends fawn over her seem to Josie to be similar to this kind of movie star treatment. So hung up is Josie on the idea that she is going to marry into the world of John Barton, that she begins to dream about it.
She becomes shadow attorney general like the most powerful lawyer in the country and all of the people she knows gather around her. Josie's fear that this year is going to be disastrous is acted out in the fantasy that she is St.
Barbara who was beheaded by her father. Coming shortly after meeting her father for the first time, clearly Josie is worried about how things will develop. Being rescued by Michael: After Michael talks their way out of being sued by Ron Bishop, the stained glass window in the stairwell at St. Martha's changes to reveal Michael as an angel, rescuing Josie. Light builds behind it, making it almost a biblical miracle.
After John Barton's death, the fantasy sequences get fewer and farther between. There are no more after Josie begins studying for her HSC. This represents something of a loss of innocence, where Josie is no longer as dreamy or as optimistic as she was at the beginning of the film. Important Events Josie meeting her father for the first time: This has a profound impact on Josie's life.
She goes through a range of emotions, but ends up seeing him as a person who has a lot to offer her, and who completes a part of her she never knew anything about.
Looking For Alibrandi: Character Profiles
He helps her with her studies and gives her practice working in a law firm. This helps Josie to see a number of things: This helps Josie to see the motives behind her grandmother's actions.
She was trying to protect Christina, rather than punish her, and was hurt when she fell pregnant. By bringing everything out in the open, their feeling can begin to be resolved and they can move forward as three generations of strong, loving Alibrandi women. Close Reading Tomato Day beginning The very first image of the film is an aeroplane flying somewhere. Josie desperately want to be somewhere else and the plane is one symbol of this. Tintorella di Luna and old Italian twist song plays in the background.
This sequence is one continuous shot until Josie arrives. When she appears on camera, the colour returns to normal and editing begins. It was shot on a handheld camera and coloured to make it look like an old home movie. This gets us thinking about a number of things: What reasons does Josie give for not wanting to be part of Tomato Day?
Which important characters are introduced in this sequence? How does Josie show she doesn't want to be part of this world? What ideas does Josie express about her future? Martha's Josie walks up to her school while the wealthier students are dropped off in expensive cars. She tells us about her and her friends' circumstances, and says that fathers seem pretty useless anyway so why would she want one?
Carly Bishop is introduced and Josie runs through a fantasy scene where she is a famous model who is adored by the students at St. The colours that dominate this sequence are cold whites and blues making the school uninviting, very different to the warm reds and yellows of Josie's backyard. What contrasts are there between people like Carly Bishop and people like Josie Alibrandi in this scene? How has dialogue been used to introduce Carly's character? Meeting Michael for the first time Nonna's on the phone to one of her spy ring when Josie arrives.
She's hot and irritable. When she tries to turn the air conditioning on, she's ushered out of the room because it's only for when guests are around. Josie and Nonna argue and Nonna tells her to go home. Josie's just about to do this, when Michael's standing at the door. This is our heroine. She is far from perfect, but she admitds that herself, and the readers perceptions of Josie are influenced by the way she reveals herself to us.
Josie's idea of problem solving in the beginning of the story is to run. She wishes to leave behind the things that upset her. Her problems begin to come into perspective for her during the year, so that half way through the text she can say: She's a very nervous person and is afraid of getting the answer wrong in class.
She stands like stunned mullet if guys approach her. Despite her good looks, she still hasn't been kissed. The readers don't really learn much about Anna. Sera - is the most brazen person Josephine has ever met. She can look someone in the eye and lie her heart out. Sera can bitch about a person for three hours straight and then crawl to them.
She has black roots and blonde hair. She's skinny and tends to dress in what the latest rockstar is wearing. Sera has never been without a boyfriend for more than a week.
Her father thinks she's a virgin but he's dead set wrong. Sometimes Josephine really doesn't like Sera, but other times she makes her laugh. Josephine envies her because she's the stereotype of a wog, but she doesn't give a damn, she just gives the finger.
Lee - her main objective in life is to hang out with the wax heads, who think it's cool to come to school hungover. Nobody is allowed to go to her place. Lee and Josephine have a weird relationship. They pretend to have nothing in common but can talk for hours on any topic. They pretend to come from two different parts of society. Jacob Coote - is the gorgeous school captain of Cook High School. He is intolerant of the opinions of others and set in his ways.
The world, according to Jacob, is devided along class lines.