Courtroom Drama ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Explores Complexities of a Murder Case Through Music and Gaze

In the opening sequence of Justine Triet’s courtroom drama “Anatomy of a Fall,” the cover of 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” by Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band sets the tone, echoing repeatedly as thriller novelist Sandra (Sandra Hüller) is interviewed about her work. This music track served as a source of inspiration for the director, shaping the story that revolves around Sandra being charged with the murder of her husband (Samuel Theis), who tragically fell from the top of their house.

Triet explains that almost every artistic decision in the film was guided by the sound, particularly evident in the opening scene. The shot’s construction focuses not on the point of view of where the husband fell, but rather on where the music is looking from. The scene depicts Sandra on the phone, holding her son, who averts his eyes despite his poor vision.

This moment serves as a steppingstone for the film’s larger theme, delving into the complexities of Sandra and her husband’s relationship. Triet aimed to explore these complexities through the lens of the judicial system, shedding light not only on what Sandra is going through but also on how society gazes upon her.

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1 Response

  1. I remember watching “Anatomy of a Fall” and being completely captivated by the opening sequence. The choice of using Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s cover of 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” was unexpected but brilliant.

    As a fan of courtroom dramas, I was excited to see how this film would unfold. The juxtaposition of the upbeat and catchy music with the serious and intense interview with Sandra, the thriller novelist, immediately grabbed my attention. It created a sense of

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