Friend, Fear, Foe, Flaw: The 4Fs in "Résistance"

By mildandred | Short Films Rock! | 22 Nov 2021

As a screenwriter, I'm always looking for tools to make my work easier. Crafting stories is hard so every bit of help is appreciated. I created the 4Fs tool to help me, and hopefully other screenwriters, cover the basics of story. It's a summary of some of the story elements mentioned by screenwriting and story gurus over the years, including Christopher Vogler, author of "The Writer's Journey".

Let's check out the 4Fs in "Résistance", a short film by Alex Chauvet, Anna Le Danois, Quentin Foulon, Fabien Glasse, Juliette Jean and Julie Narat.

A waiter/server exits from a kitchen into a dining area with high French windows. Through the small round window on the kitchen door, we see a man peeping. He will turn out to be the waiter's friend/ally.

Three huge, ugly foes enter the dining room. The waiter bows subserviently.

The waiter serves the three foes as they drink and make merry.

Enter gorgeous lady in red. She will turn out to be another friend/ally to the waiter.

Lust seems to be the flaw of the three foes. Foe 2 and Foe 3 raise their glasses as Foe 1 follows gorgeous lady in red.

So what is the fear of the waiter and his friends? The title and description of the short film give us a clue: "Dominated by an Insect's totalitarian regime, the staff of a restaurant organizes a plot to knock down the established order."

This article titled "Why do people choose to rebel?" catalogues some fears or motivations that rebels have.

Karl Albrecht, Ph.D., in Psychology Today argues that human beings have only five basic fears. "Résistance" touches on all five of them.

"We'll fight the powers that be just
Don't pick our destiny 'cause
You don't know us, you don't belong"

- "We're not gonna take it" by Twisted Sister

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