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pain, sweet in thesalvation." ,,And that's why you have to turn to the Lord. Because the lord Is the sweetness" - Walt:Jesus Walt's home ;Funeral meal • Family and friends are there, there is a buffet • Humor: Mitch says that there are a lot of people and W. Replies that they probably heard there is going to be a lot of ham Perception of granddaughter: he doesn't want her help because she probably just painted her nails • Leaves the house with Daisy and sees the Hmong ,,How many swamp rats can you get in one room?" Spits on the ground • Walt answers Tho aggressively, interrupts him, has prejudices; Does not want to help his family ,,And have some respect, zipperhead" ,,Were in mourning here" -> No one really mourns Attitude towards the Priest: ,,Mr. Kowalski" ->Corrects him, priest says his wife wants him to confess, Walt replies: ,,Well, I confess that I never really cared for church very much. The only reason I went was because of her." -> implies, that he really loved his wife and is not religious Judges Mitch's car because it is not American but Asian • Mitch asks Walt if he can help him with the chairs. Walt reply that he needs the chair now, not next week implies that Mitch is not helping normally • Grandsons open a box in Walt's basement where they find pictures of Walt serving in the Korean War -> David asks if it is dad and Daniel replies that it's Walt (They obviously don't know about Walt serving in the war and one of them asks ,,Where is Korea?" They also found a medal and when they see Walt coming down the stairs they put it back fast and act like nothing happened -> No good connection • Granddaughter wants to leave, her phone is more important then the occasion • Ashley asks what he is going to do when he dies and wants a furniture-> not sensitive -> W. Spits on the floor • Many of them walk in the House, peacefully • Thao rings Walts Door Bell gets rejected from Walt Title Conte nt Walt Hmon gfam Thao Title Thao Gang Title Thao Gang Sue Walt sees Hmong/ Hmong House celebration • Walt sees the Hmong in the garden, they have a celebration/Ritual and kill a chicken • In the house of the hmongs • Perception of Hmong: ,,Damn barbarians" • ,,Polarski would roll over in his grave if he could see his lawn now" ->Dead soldier friend . ,,What the hell did Chinks have to move into this neighborhood for? • Watches Hmong grandma. Spits on ground, she spits more-> Is disgusted • Priest comes-> Makes clear they re not friends ,,You're an over-educated 27-year-old virgin..." and shuts the for • Perception of That: Not the man the house. Grandma wants her daughter to have a new man • Does not believe in him: ,,Never" • Hmong ritual: A child's born • Washes the dishes (Not manly) does whatever his sister tells him to do • Does not care about the tradition/baby and Hmong Grandma: "Why does that old white man stay here?" "You dumb rooster"-in Hmong Thao walking down the street- gangs • Walks down the street while reading -> Mexican gang comes by ,,Is you a boy or a girl, man? I can't tell" -> ignores them even though they insult him • Hmong gang (his cousin) spot him and help him, but he does not care ,,Fight" with Mexicans, they insult each other and have guns, they leave as the Hmong gang pulls out the bigger gun • Scream Thao, get with us, call him dog • Believe he needs them, someone who takes care of him • Call him a "litte girl" and ,,pussy" Garden: Thao- Sue- Gang • Walks down the street while reading -> Mexican gang comes by ,,Is you a boy or a girl, man? I can't tell" -> ignores them even though they insult him Hmong gang (his cousin) spot him and help him, but he does not care . ,,Fight" with Mexicans, they insult each other and have guns, they leave as the Hmong gang pulls out the bigger gun • Scream Thao, get with us, call him dog • Believe he needs them, someone who takes care of him . Call him a "litte girl" and "pussy" • Does not care that That doesn't want to be part of them, they bother him and try to convince him that he needs them to protect him • When he finally gives in it gets clear that they only want him to be part of them so he steals the gran Torino for them • Confronts the gang ,,What do you want?" And speaks to him ,,He doesn't wanna talk to you" • Is very confident and nimble-witted, says she's way too told for you and calls them stupid Title Walt Walt& Priest Priest Title Walt Thao Title Walt Mitch & Fam Title Walt Title Thao Sue Gang Hmon g Fam Walt Walt at the bar • Making a racist joke • First ignores Priest but then says ,,You are persistent. All right" • Wants the priest to drink alcohol • They talk about life and death Walt says that the priest only knows what he learned and calls it pathetic • Walt says that he knows a lot because he lived almost 3yrs with it in the Korean War. • Knows more about death than about life • Knows all of Walt friends, his friends greet him normally and respectfully but Walt keeps sitting with his back to him • Orders a coke at the bar and then gin and tonic because Walt said so Thao tries to steal the Gran Torino • Wakes up because he hears and sees someone is in his garage ,,Son of a bitch" takes gun and goes, falls on the ground • Tries to steal Gran Torino • Escapes and the gang shouts his name that he should get in the car Mitch calls Walt • „What do you want?" -> already knows that he doesn't just call to check on him • Does not tell Mitch about T. Trying to steal car • Seems like he's hopeful that his son really just calls to check on him but then gets disappointed -> hangs up the phone • His wife already gone through the jewelry • Calls him because he asks if Walt still knows the guy who has the lion season tickets Walt at home - porch • Cleans his GT • Sits at the porch, smoking, drinking a lot of beer • with daisy ,,Ain't she sweet" Gang at Thao's and sues porch • Does not want to go but is to weak • Tries to stop them • Thanks Walt • They grab that violently (Spider) to give him another try to steal the car • Leave as Walt points a gut on them Shouting loudly, fighting • Solves problem with gun ,,Get off my lawn" ,,I blow a hole in your face and then I go in the house"... tells them how he killed people like them I war Title Walt Thao Title Walt& Priest Title Walt& Priest Priest Title Sue Black gang Walt Title Walt and Sue Presents from the Hmongs for Walt because he saved Thao • Does not want the presents • Wants distance ,,Why can't you just leave me alone?" • To thao: ,,If you step on this property again, you're done" • Confesses that he tried to steal the car Walt at the porch - Father Janovich • Priest asks why he did not call the police • W. Answers: When things go wrong. You gotta act quickly. In the Korean War they had to d it themselves • Priestsays he carries horrible things that don't leave him, that's why he should confess and unload burden-> forgiveness • ,,Stronger men than you" "You re right about stronger men reaching their salvation, well halle- fucking-luljah" ,,But you're wrong about sth else- the thing that haunts a man the most is what he is not ordered to do" Walt at the barber • They talk about life and death. • Walt says that the priest only knows what he learned and calls it pathetic • Walt says that he knows a lot because he lived almost 3yrs with it in the Korean War. • Knows more about death than about life • Knows all of Walt friends, his friends greet him normally and respectfully but Walt keeps sitting with his back to him Sue and a boy- African Americans • Confident, tough ,,Another asshole who has a fetish for Asian girls?" • The white boy calls them bro- they fight him Say that Walt's crazy . • Sits in the truck, sees it and comes • Points a gun with his fingers to the gang -> They don't care • Ponts a real gun, Sue should get in the truck Sue and Walt in the truck • ,,I thought you asian girls were suppose to be smart" • Says that she should not hang out with the goof ball guy but with,,own people",,You mean Hmong?" -,,Whatever" -> Walt doesn't take them seriously and says it again • Sue: Using Irony: ,,Youre so enlightened" • Calls them jungle people and doesn't understand why they moved in his neighborhood, Sue tells him why (War...) • „We're hill people. Not jungle people. Boogie. Boogie. Boogie" -> Her humor • ,,You know something kid. You're alright. But what about that dimwit brother of yours?" -> Tells him that That is actually very smart just lost ,,The girls go to college, the boys go to jail" Title Walt and Thao Title Walt and fam Title Walt and Sue Title Walt and Sue Walt at the porch watching Thao • It's his bday reads the newspaper • Watches other Hmong boys who don't help and laugh about a women whose groceries dropped, wants to stand up to help ,,What's up with kids nowadays" • Sees Thao who comes to help-> Seems impressed Walt's birthday, family visit • Karen and Mitch visit Walt, They got presents like a cake, a gopher for old people to reach things (,,Makes a lot of things easier"), a phone with big numbers on it for old people They want to convince him to give them his house and move to a home for elderly people (senior living) • Walt makes angry noises and kicks them out ,,Son of a bitch" . Walt at the porch • Sits there with daisy drinking beer • Sue recognizes him and invites him to their barbecue • ,,Just keep your hands off my dog" - Sue: ,,No worries. We only eat cats" • He does not want to come but then she realizes that there is no beer left and that he only ate cake and beef -> • ,,I might as well drink with strangers rather than drink alone after all it is my birthday" ,,Don't call me Wallie" Walt at the Hmongs house • People look down when they see him • Grandma hates him • Touches girls hair -> People murmuring (W:"Sounds dumb but fine.") educates him about Hmong culture • Shaman stares at Walt: wants to read him -> Sue translates: People do not respect you. They don't even want to look at you. The way you live. Your food has no flavor. You're worried about your life. You made a mistake in your past life you're not satisfied with. You have no happiness in your life, it's like you re not at peace -> Walt looks like it's the truth but is not amused, mourns and stands up to leave. He coughs blood and goes to the bathroom. Looks in the mirror ,,I've got more in common with these gooks than I do my own spoilt rotten family. Jesus Christ. Happy Birthday" Sue followed him ,,Are you okay?" "Yeah Im fine lets get some gook good food Im starving" • Enjoys the food with some Hmong women and does not want to leave when Sue wants to mingle • They go in the basement to the teenagers • Thao sits ther alone • Walt fixes a the dryer because he was uncomfortable and the kids laugh at him • Youa smiles at Thao, walt recognizes it. She talks to Youa and calls her Yam Yam. She asks what he does here and he says that he fixes things (enumerate what he already fixed) • „You re funn" - ,,I've been called a lot of things but never funny" • Walt goes to Thao ,,You're worse with women then you are at stealing cars Toad" . ,,You are a big fat pussy" Title Walt and Hmon g Title Walt and Thao Title Walt and Thao Title Walt Title Walt and Thao Walt in the garden, women bringing presents again, Thao works • „No more no more" Sees that they bring yummy chicken and says they can bring it because it's better than beef jerky (Since his wife died, there is no one who cooks for him) • Walt comes home, Sue, Vu and Thao stand on the stairs of his property • Thao's mum wants him to make amends because he dishonored the family and now he has to work off his debt -> Walt does not want him not even on his property. He thought they went all over that. • Thao is okay with not doing it (Sue and Vu: ,,Shut up") -> Walt: ,,Ye shut up, tomorrow" • ,,Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, these Hmong broads are like badgers" Thao works for Walt • Walt did not expect him to come and asks what he can do - Thao doesn't know • Wants him to count the birds • ,,I don't care if you insult me or say racist things - I'll take it,, - „Of course you'll take it, because you have no balls" • Calls him indirectly useless • Has an idea for Thao: Fix the house which is opposite to his house, because he's tired of looking at it (Old, broken and ugly) • Thao works really hard, even in the rain. And thunder_ Walt watches him • Little girl comes by and asks him if Thao can help with a wasp nest, she translates what her Hmong grandpa wants to say Thao s last working day • Rings the door impatient while Walt coughs blood • Walt is grumpy and Thao is ready for his last day • Walt gives him a day off because he's done enough, seems not happy about it and walks away • Walt stops him: ,,Toad. Nothing never mind." -> maybe he wanted to thank him, but his pride was bigger, Shuts the door Walt at the doctor • Seems unhappy because there are a lot of foreigners • ,,Koski" -> Grumpy because the women pronounces his name wrongly • Is disappointed because his doctor is not there anymore and an asian doctor is his replacement ->Since 3 years, which means that Walt has not visited the doctor since then • Gets his results from the doctor ->> Seems bad • He calls his son but he says he's busy and postponed the call to the weekend -> it gets clear that there's no one he can talk to about it, seems sad Walt repairing Thaos house • The gang drives by 2this kid doesn't have a chance" points hand gun on them • Helps repairing the faucet, sees that the fan is not good, ,,This place is falling apart" • Show Thao his tools • Humor: Thao: ,,where did you get it?" W:"may come as a surprise to a thief, but I bought this stuff with my own money • He gives T 3 tools, because T can't afford it and says that that's all you need for a household, he can borrow everything-> Starts liking him, feeling of a father figure, first step to become a ,,man" • Coughts blood, T asks what's with that -> distracts the convo and asks about the gang • He tells him that his initiation was to steal the Gran Torino car Title Walt and Thao Title Walt, thao, Title Walt and Thao Title Walt and Thao Title Walt and Thao Refridgiator up the stairs • Walt asks Thao for help • I'll the take the top because it s the heaviest -> T.:no let me take it • Walt calls him Zipperhea -> The first time Thao speaks back :NO you listen old man, if you won't let me take the top I'm leaving • ,,Dont let it slip with your little girl Hands" T: ,,Don't give me ideas" -> Humor • Thao needs it. First, Walt wants to sell it for 60$ But then when Thao says his family needs one he says 20$ and its yours -> because he will save money for the insert -> Maybe just because he likes him Walt in his garden with Sue and Thao • Sue: ,,Toad washing the car that he tried to steal from you-Ironic" • Sue: ,,It's nice that you look over him. He does not have any role models in his life." • Walt:" Well Im not any role model" • Sue:"But you're a good man Wallie, I wish our. Father would have been more like you" • W:"Don't go calling m Wallie" . ,,He was really hard on us, really traditional and very old-school" . ,,Well Ihm old school" • ,,Yeah. But you're an American. ... • ,,You like him, don't you -> „Are you kidding he tried to steal my car" -> does not want to admit it and does not want to break the hard shell. ,,Get me another beer, dragon lady" • Thao does garden work and tells Walt that Hmongs consider it to be women wok • He says that W should stop smoking butW keeps doing it • Asks him what Walts emblem means ,,Your ancient cub scout emblem?" -> W: "First Cavalry. I've had it since '51" • Distracts again: What do you want todo with your life?" ->"Sales" -> Tells him that Mitch works sales, selling Japanese cars... W worked at ford factory for 50 yrs- its disappointing for him • Tells him he could get a job in construction but therefore he has to help him man up Mission manning up Thao: Hairdresser . At the hairdresser: To show him how men talk They talk, insulting each other (Italian brick...) • Now it s Thaoś turn: He insults the barber-> For him it's not okay to talk like this: 1. He's younger, 2. Heś a stranger • Advice: Be polite but don't. Kiss ass; He can talk about his job, bitch about his girlfriend and car, talk about people who are not in the room e.g. boss • He tries to implement the advice at a second round but the barber laughs at him,W:Jesus Christ . At the construction • Thao talks confidently, implements Walts advice and shakes the hand like a men • ,,Mr. Kennedy" -> "It's Tim" -> respect each other • He gets the job easily Walt buying Thao some tools • Is thankful • On his way back home the gang coming his way, they destroy his tools, beat him and hurt him by putting the cigarette in his face • Few days later meets Walt, he wants to know where his cousin lives Title Walt beating gang member Walt Title Walt, Thao, Youa, Sue Title Everyo ne Title Walt and Thao • Walt follows one gang member • Kicks and beats him, tells him to keep his hand off Thao, points a gun on him Barbecue • ,,How do you want your dog" - Humor • Walt says that he's happy • Sue asks him what happened to his hand and he distracts by saying ,,YumYum, if he doesn't ask you out I will" • Sue: ,,Don't do it, Heus the white devil" • Youa tells that T already did • Walt says that he can take the GranTorino to drive to the cinema date Gang shoots Walts and Hmong house • Thao gets hurt TheHmong women are screaming • Sue disappeared she went to her aunt -> Walt: ,,Thao, Call her right now- she is not there" (on the way the got her ,,In the war, we just lost a lot of friends, but you're kind of set for it. You're geared to it" • Then the gang sets Sue off her house. She's bloody has wounds and is crying, they probably raped her • Walt dropps his glass, is shocked • Hmong women cry, also Thao • Walt leaves the house and is so angry that he beats in his cabinets and devastates the house • He sits on a chair to calm down, he even cries, it is very dark • When Father Janovich come-on he fast grabs to a cigarette . • The priest tells him that he would be Walt he'd kill the gang • They both drink a beer • Priest: "What do you want me to do, Mr.Kowalski?" -W:"Call me Walt" After the tragedy • Thao visits Walt, W.tells him tasty calm and come back at 4 • Walt takes a bath. Says to Daisy:"Let a man enjoy himself" . Goes to the barber • Buys a suit ,,Never had a fitted suit before" • confession: he kissed a girl in 1968 at a factory Christmas party while his wife was in the other room; He made a 900-dollar profit selling a boat and a motor and didn't pay the taxes which makes it the same as stealing and the last thing; He was never very close with his two sons. He doesn't know them and know how ->These are the things that bothered him most of his life • Priest asks him if he's going to revenge for what gang did to S ,,Go in peace";W:"I am at peace" • At Walt's House: He gives Thao's silver star. He got it because they knew the dangerous but went anyway. That's also what they going to do that night. • It might be that they don't come back alive • How was it to kill a men in Korea and how many did you kill-,,Maybe thirteen, you don't wanna know" • Walt locks up Thao in the cellar because he doesn't want to know how it feels like to kill a men • Worse than killing is getting a medal for killing some ,,poor kid" that wanted to give up, that's all. • He says that no day went by he didn't 't think about that, and that Thao does not want this for his soul • „I already got blood on my hands, Im soiled, thats why I'm going alone tonight"-also metaphoric • W: "Look you've come a long way and I'm proud to say you're my friend. He gots his whole life infront of him, but Walt finishes things. Alone. Thao screams. W. Gives D. To Hmongs(sad) Title Walt & gang Title Everyo ne Title Walt and Thao Walt sacrifices his life • Goes to the gangs house. Before he came the police was there with the priest • They point a gun on W. • Walt plays with his life- shows pistol with hand, cigarette in mouth ,,Got a light?" ,,Well Marry Ive got a light" pulls it out and gets shot - did not have a gun on him • The last thing we see is the silver star in his hand. He lays on the ground like Jesus -> sacrificed his life for Thao and Sue and their family, that was his plan, the gang has to go in jail • Thao:"he is my friend" and sue are crying, Thao wears the medal Walt's funeral • One son is crying • Priest talks about Walt, ,,He was right. I really knew nothing about life and death until I got to know Walt. And Boy did I learn" • Hmong family is clothed very traditional with big jewelry, Sons of him wear suits. The children shorts, sneakers and even a cap • Leaves his house to the church because Dorothee would have wanted it that way • Leaves his Gran Torino to his friend Thao Vang Lor on the condition that you don't chop-top the roof like one of those beaners. Don't paint any idiotic flames on it like some white- trash hillbilly and don't put a big, gay spoiler on the rear end like you see on all the other zipperheads cars. It looks like hell. If you can refrain from doing any of that, It's yours • The granddaughter and family were hopeful but then disappointed Thao in the Gran Torino with daisy • Drives along the beach • In the background it plays Gran Torino song, sung by Walt Racist language Against Hmongs Walt: ,,Zipperhead" • ,,Barbarians" • ,,Chinks" . • „Gooks" • Joke at the bar: ,,There's a Mexican, A jew and a colored guy go into a bar. The bartender looks up and says Get the fuck out of here" • ,,Jungle people" • ,,You people are nuts" • Calls Thao Toad, Youa YamYam • These Hmong broads are like badgers (Dachse) Mexican gang: . . ,,Swamp rats" . Stereotyping • Walt: Asian girls are suppose to be smart ,,Just keep your hands off my dog" - Sue: ,,No worries. We only eat cats" • All you slopes are suppose to be good on maths right . About Hmong culture Sue: Hmong isn't place, it's a people; Come from different parts of Laos, Thailand, China Rice n-word's ,,Arendt you support to cook me some Chinese food?" • It's a Vietnam thing that they moved to walls neighborhood, because they fought on their side and when Americans quit, the communists started killing all the Hmong • The girls go to college and the boys go to jail" • Hmongs believe that the soul resides on the head, so you should not touch it • It's rude to look someone in the eyes • Some Hmongs smile or grin when they're yelled at -> Insecurity Against Mexicans ,,Punk- ass Mexicans" . Against Americans Dumb rooster (in Hmong to Walt) Honky (black gang to Walt) Against Black people Spooks to the black gang Guns • Two gangs: Americans pull out a (small gun) then Hmong gang pulls out a bigger one -> ends the discussion, Americans leave . Takes his gun when he wants to safe the Gran Torino Pulls out gun to safe Thao from the gang • Pulls gun out to safe Sue Toxic Masculinity Thao Phong tells a guest that That is (and will never be) not the man in the house, he is doing the dishes Gang calls That a ,,little girl" ,,Pussy" • Thao is reading -> Not a hobby for a man Gang: ,,Why are you doing women's work? When T. Works in the garden ● ● The gang Fong -Spider • ,,A brother spider is a brother to me" -> Like a family Life and death • Walt:" What do you know about life and death? ... You get up and preach about it but all you know is what you learned in priest school..." „Death is bittersweet. Sort of bitter in his pain but sweet in his salvation. That's what you know about life and death • ,,we shot men, stabbed them with bayonets, hacked 17-year-olds to death with shovels. Things He will remember till the day he dies. He says its horrible but he will have to live with it • What about life? -> I survived the war, got married, had a family • Knows more about death than life • Priest says he should have called the police, life and death Religion • Walt often says Jesus or other names like Joseph and Marry but is not religious at all. He often uses it as a reaction of something negative. Gran Torino car • Got it 1972 • Car a symbol of part of Walt. Walt sort of is the GT. He's worked on them in a factory, he is as antique as they are Always interested in cars . He put the steering column in that vehicle • Its his prize possession. He allowed himself one beautiful thing Sits at the porch, drinking beer with Daisy, looks at his GT after polishing it and saying ,,Ain't she sweet" -> Feeling of satisfaction owning the car and taking care of it Its a American thing that men are obsessed with cars Sign to ask out people/Girls on a date Sign of manliness - they hope to get girls faster self-expression . • ● It's his pride, his last- standing thing he could claim and be proud of because he made the car himself and loves it . Good mechanic • Not only the need of transportation Thao earned it . ● The gran Torino brought them together • Makes men feel younger Main topics Fulfillment,finding purpose, finding happiness, masculinity, values, transformation violence, Death, crime, growing up, racism and xenophobia, differences in cultures, respect, psychological effects of war, character transformation, gang violence, revenge, patriotism, friendship and family . . Values: strength (physical, emotional, mental), helping others (and protecting), integrity, maturity, courage, confidence, gratefulness,humility ● Camera and lightning: To let the Audience, make feel how Walt feels, it's very dark, every time Walt feels unfulfilled but, in the scene, where they have a barbecue in the garden and in the last scene where Thao drives the Gran Torino, it's very light and colorful, which shows the fulfilment of Walt. How the 1950's and Korean war influenced him: Familiar with guns, used to violence, prejudices agains Asians, difficulties showing emotions Booming economy: nice house and car; Hard work is important to him Surburban rush: moved to surburbia Start of the cold war, he is patriotic and anticommunist. Start of civil rights movement: Sceptical when it comes to African Americans Korean war: o Korea was divided into two parts O UN troops passed the 38th parallel o They fought. O Armistice wase signed -> end of the war Walt Kowalski: Role: The movie follows his fulfilment. His life is unfulfilled: his life has no purpose; he has not achieved happiness. Old grumpy widower At the beginning: anti-social, lonely, closed off, cantankerous. distanced from his sons and family. Haunted by memories of the war. Happiness: Sue and Thao are like children for him and brought back some light and color in his life- they respect him, and Thao wants to learn from him, that gives him strength. Purpose: Walt dies for Sue and Thao's safety. → Draws parallels to Jesus and his sacrifice. He was the only one coming back from division. → His friends died for him, so he dies for his friends. Death is bittersweet in its salvation. Transformation: - Walt is hostile towards those he does not spect. You must earn his respect by acting like a man. Thao earns respect by showing his values. Sue earns his respect through her strong feminine character. Father Janovic (Priest) earns his respect through persistence, maturity, courage, and care for others. Father Janovich In the beginning: Not respected by Walt Young and innocent appearance, Immature; has a basic view on life and death, right and wrong. Earns Walt's respect through: persistence, maturity, courage, and care for others. Drinking alcohol (symbol of maturity and masculinity) Expressing his dark side Thao Vang Lor: In the beginning: His grandma: "He will never be the man in the house" (does the dishes, works in the garden, is not respected and is being bullied) In the end: Acquires the "Holy Trinity": Gets a job (through Walt) Gets a "girlfriend" (starts dating Youa) drives a car (gets the gran Torino) Transformation: helps old lady with groceries (chivalry) yard work in the rain (physically) helps walt with the freezer (courage) successfully asks Youa on a date (masculinity) Walt respects him because: Does not call him Toad anymore. Gives him tools and helps him find a job. Is concerned about him. Says he is proud to be his friend and dies for his saety