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Outline for Night Zoo (Part 1). I. Introduction to the director - Jean- Claude Lauzon II. The Personality of the Characters A. The Father B. The Son - Marcel III. The change of Father & Son’s relationship - isolation to intimacy A. Son’s Affection towards Father

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outline for night zoo part 1
Outline for Night Zoo (Part 1)
  • I. Introduction to the director - Jean- Claude Lauzon
  • II. The Personality of the Characters

A. The Father

B. The Son - Marcel

  • III. The change of Father & Son’s relationship-isolation to intimacy

A. Son’s Affection towards Father

B. The Father caring for his son

outline for night zoo part ii
Outline for Night Zoo (Part II)
  • IV. The Black Society and the Status of Female
  • V. Discussion of the Background

A. Color and its Meaning

B. Sound and its Meaning

C. Occasion and Its Meaning

  • VI. Conclusion -How Marcel should deal with the life between the dark world and his father's love world ?
introduction to jean claude lauzon
Introduction to Jean-Claude Lauzon
  • A. Born in Montreal (1953-1997)
  • B. Studied cinema in Los Angeles
  • C. Won reputation by his film and buoyant incendiary character
  • D. He indulged in hunting, fishing and flying
  • E. His two films – Un zoo la nuit, leolo
  • F. Died through a plane crash with his girlfriend 
the father s personality
The Father’s Personality
  • *Father: weak, lack of masculinity, being oppressed, being ignored.
  • 1.without personal space, living in his friend’s home, being bothered while showering….. the bird in the cage moved to the tiny, humid bathroom.
  • 2.bad heart condition, his friend wanted him to move out….. minority among minority.
  • 3.watching TV, reading the newspaper, a devout Christian.
  • 4.his wife left him….. being objected by a woman.
  • 5.his son didn’t care about him….. losing the dignity of a father.
  • 6.the hunting skills no longer existed….. losing his masculinity.
the son s personality part i
The Son’s Personality (Part I)
  • *Son: man of action, individualistic, bad at communication, being oppressed, being isolated. Unawarenessoppressionawarenessrevenge.
  • 1.being trapped by the police into the jail because of hiding the money of the drugs….. innocence.
  • 2.being 雞姦 in the jail….. weak in the jail, irresistible.
the son s personality part ii
The Son’s Personality (Part II)
  • 3.being seduced by the police but fighting back after being released….. man of action, knowing the black side of the society.
  • 4.being threatened and oppressed by the police….. being hunted, minority.
  • 5.communicating with others by the answering machine….. bad at communication.
  • 6.making love with the ex-girlfriend….. man of action.
  • 7.taking revenge on the police with his friend….. man of action, revenging directly.
  • 8.music and art works filling the warehouse….. artistic, isolated.
marcel s affection toward his father intends to cheer his father up after sensing his weakness
Marcel’s Affection toward his Father- intends to cheer his father up after sensing his weakness
  • 1.After Marcel got out from the jail

a.he went back to his father’s house

b.father took a risk of carrying drugs and money to him

  • 2.Went fishing [ Clip 2 ]

(the park, fishing, birthday party)

  • 3.Albert being sent to the hospital

a.Marcel followed behind the ambulance

b.Hunting at the zoo [ Clip 3 ]

c.Taking care of Albert at home

d.Lied naked beside his father [ Clip 4 ]

the father caring for his son the unidirectional to two way communication
The Father Caring for his Son - the unidirectional to two-way communication
  • 1.Before he brought drugs and money to Marcel

a. picking him up at the jail [ Clip 1 ]

b.talking to the answering machine

c.putting the picture of Virgin Mary in substitute for drugs & money

  • 2.Risking danger to carry money and drugs to Marcel
  • 3.Went fishing

a.sitting behind Marcel on a motor-bike

b.birthday party

the black society
The Black Society
  • Police supplied the drug----in the jail. Being buggered. (clip5)
  • Outsider Silence~ In the restroom of the little restaurant----the sound of gun shot didn’t make people care their business. (clip6)
  • Being chased and spied by the two police.
  • Minority among minority----oppression from the society
  • Existence of peek houses----one factor of the black society.
  • Homosexuality----although it’s approved by the society, there’re still many people against it! Bad effects presented in this film.
  • As for the religion, there’s no obvious regulation----father didn’t correct the son’s misbehavior.
the status of female
The Status of Female
  • For the father, women can encourage him.
  • Lower status----minority among minority (sexual object?).
color and its meaning part 1
Color and Its Meaning (Part 1)
  • 1.Character’s color

a. Albert’s color: gloomy/ yellow/ orange/red

b. Marcel’s color: dark/ black

  • 2. Background’s color

a. Jail: black with the contrasting white

b. The society: black

c. Natural scene: gray and blue (on the lake) with vague image

color and its meaning part ii
Color and Its Meaning (Part II)
  • 3.Object’s color

a. Colorful paintings in Marcel’s barn: contrast to his black outfit

b. The white car (gift for Albert): contrast to the black money

c. The red blanket of Albert: contrast to his weakness

d. The white sheet: return to innocence and childhood (lying naked in bed )

sound and its meaning
Sound and Its Meaning
  • 1. Animal’s howl: indicates the back guys’ (George and Charlie) presence or threats
  • 2. Messages: representative of Marcel and the relationship with others
  • 3. Imitation of the moose’s sound: encouragement for Albert and sign of masculinity
  • 4. Music on the motorcycle: energetic/ young
occasion and its meaning
Occasion and Its Meaning
  • 1.The jail: black side of the society
  • 2.The little restaurant/ the hotel/ the peek house: cruel reality contains violence
  • 3.The barn/ home for Albert: confined spaces
  • 4.The zoo: place of realization with controllable situation
  • 5. The lake and fishing: beautiful but distant, peaceful but colorless
  • How Marcel should deal with the life between the dark world and his father's love world?