I Don't Make the Rules

I denne study guide kan du få hjælp til at analysere kortfilmen "I Don't Make the Rules" af Law Chen, som har været brugt til skriftlig eksamen i Engelsk B på HF den 4. december 2018. Udover analysehjælpen kan du finde et summary af filmen, samt idéer til diskussion og perspektivering. 

Eksamensspørgsmål

1. Write a summary of “I Don’t Make the Rules” in about 150 words.

2. Write a short analytical essay (at least 300 words) about “I Don’t Make the Rules”. You must focus on the main character Stephen.

Include the following analytical terms in your essay: setting, conflict, framing, the title

3. Taking your starting point in the short film, discuss how social status influences people’s behaviour.

Use at least two phrases from the following ones in your discussion: though, whether, on the contrary, then, however, primarily, nonetheless, finally.

In your essay you must include references to the text.

Præsentation af kortfilmen

Titel: “I Don’t Make the Rules” (2016)
Instruktør: Law Chen
Genre: Kortfilm

Law Chen er en filminstruktør fra Beijing i Kina, som er bosat i New York. Han er kendt for at instruere både kortfilm, reklamer og musikvideoer. Kortfilmen "I Don't Make the Rules" havde premiere i 2016, og er blevet vist ved flere international filmfestivaler.  

Uddrag

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Social setting

The social setting of the short film “I Don’t Make the Rules” by Law Chen revolves around the contemporary problems of American society.

The short film suggests that, because of a knee injury, Stephen most likely had to give up his pursuit of a career as a professional football player. As a result, it has been hard for him to seek new employment. Besides his physical injury, Stephen might also find it difficult to find a job due to his lack of education, and at the same time he has to deal with expensive medical bills.

Stephen dropped out of college and was unable to complete his Bachelor’s degree. Moreover, higher education in the US is very expensive and the film hints that Stephen may have had trouble paying for his education. Consequently, the movie shows the difficulties of former football players after they can no longer play, especially when they focus on their career and neglect their education. However, Stephen tries to get back on his feet by educating himself. The books in his house (05:50) suggest that he studied law independently, therefore showing that it is possible to find a new path in life.

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