Jack spends his final night in Porto surrounded by his closest of friends before preparing to leave the following morning to pursue with his initial desire to travel Europe.
Mind of Mike
I knew Part Five: Tchau was going to be a tough one to write. Although it’s the perfect time to progress with Jack’s narrative it unfortunately means some others are to be left behind. Developing Gaspar, Pedro and Tomas, giving them more scope and depth that regular supporting characters, has been a personal highlight during this process. The one thing I wanted to do early on in this project’s development stages was to create a truthful and believable depiction of friendship, especially that between men and I’d like to think that’s something I have managed to accomplish. I’ll leave you guys to be the judge of that.
One of the films that inspired this week’s instalment was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in particular the scene in which our protagonist Mildred Hayes finds a deer on her land and begins questioning the potential reincarnation of her murdered daughter. The scene is one of the saddest and most touching moments in the film and Frances McDormand performs it excellently. I wanted to do something similar with Jack and Bruce; to me, Bruce the dog is the fifth member of the friendship group, as he’s often out with the guys when they’re either drinking at bars or on daytime wanders but above all, Bruce has helped define the character of Jack especially within earlier instalments. I hope that the scene I’ve written embodies the same emotions as McDonagh’s but rather than focussing on loss and grief, I’ve channeled pastures new and fond farewells.
Similar to last week I’ve decided to incorporate music into the instalment; this won’t be a regular thing, only when I think it’s necessary. Initially I was going to use Kokoroko’s fantastic Jazz track Abusey Junction (definitely will be used at some point) for the montage scene in the bar but the lyrics and music to Florence + The Machine’s The End of Love struck a chord from the first moment I heard it. I suppose I’ve written enough now regarding this instalment; I’m just happy I’ve not spoilt what happens in the latter half, however if anyone can tell me what film they think inspired the final few scenes I’ll be impressed 😉 Finally, any contemporary Jazz fans who appreciate a bit of edge to their music you’ll find Kokoroko’s Abusey Junction on the album We Out Here: give it a listen.
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