Trees play a huge role in “Prisoners,” making the small town of Pennsylvania feel like a suffocating wilderness where residents can turn into animals or a prison that locks people up. Cell bars are made of tree trunks. Trees are also a way to increase paranoia and suspense. Who knows who might be hiding behind those developments? All of this obscurity and ambiguity to an everyday scene is why Villeneuve considers the rendering of trees so important, even when no characters are seen in spots. . The film even opens with a shot of an empty forest before a lone deer rushes into the frame, only to be met with its demise from Jackman’s Keller Dover during a hunting trip with his son. he.
Villeneuve points to a single frame as symbolic of the feeling he’s trying to create. In an interview with IndieWire, he explains that there’s a shot of a tree in front of a house near the beginning of the film, before everything goes to hell. He said of the moment:
“We always try to express things with a few pictures and say [on the surface] The less the better… This footage is designed not to be understood, but to feel. It has a subconscious feeling that can vibrate in your soul. [It functions] as an omen, an omen. It’s like when you suddenly have a bad feeling but you don’t understand what it means, it’s linked to intuition. “
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