(torso of white woman, with muscular and figurine-sized man on shoulder)
MAN (GRENDEL): MAN UP! MAN UP! WAKE UP
(close-up of woman looking in mirror)
CHRISTINE: MANNING UP is what fucked me over- it’s why I’m angry enough to consider these things in the first place.
GRENDEL: MAN UP
(close up of woman’s squinting eye, behind dialogue)
CHRISTINE: He attacked me to ‘man up’ for himself– manning up is the whole issue!
GRENDEL: Okay, feminazi, so you’re going to let him off?
CHRISTINE: He was afraid of looking vulnerable so he attacked me. Now I attack him because I feel vulnerable. It’s childish.
GRENDEL: This isn’t a fucking ESSAY
(frame of GRENDEL standing with arms raised in air, screaming)
GRENDEL: IT’S CALLED REVENGE
(image of CHRISTINE looking at mirror, with GRENDEL looking up to her)
(image of GRENDEL yelling at CHRISTINE, who seems dejected)
CHRISTINE: Reacting without thinking isn’t revenge, it’s being a dog.
GRENDEL: PUPPERS HAVE THE MOST FUN
CHRISTINE: Too dumb to question how I’ve been trained: hurt to stop my hurt. In the end, I still feel shitty. How about stopping the hurt in the first place?
GRENDEL: BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA
(CHRISTINE looking into mirror, smiling)
CHRISTINE: There’s a smarter way.
I really love this back and forth. Christine's raising some good points, but it's hard to deny the instinctive appeal of some of Grendel's counter-points. An elegant version of the devil on the shoulder story-trope.ReplyDelete
Also, "manning up is the whole issue" is a brilliant line.