Gran Torino, Cross Cultural Analysis

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Gran Torino Analysis This movie has a great amount of content of the topics covered in class, so many cultural interactions and issues occur all throughout the movie. From my point of view it exemplifies the difficulties that cross cultural interactions imply, how each person reacts in a different way to certain situations by being more or less mindfulness for instance, and most importantly it illustrates the fact that, in the end, we are all able to adapt and change our behavior according to circumstances. The main character, Walt Kowalski, is a tough man facing the recent death of his wife, living in a neighborhood full of Hmong people. Walt is a former worker of the Ford plant and a veteran from the Korean War, which has affected his behavior because all of the bad memories like killing people, making him a very lonely person with severe issues to establish new relationships. He is very distant even from his family, his grandchildren don't like to visit him and they misbehave during the funeral. Walt also judges them without having into account that they are little kids and teenagers, he dislikes the way they dress and their attitudes. As for Walt's sons, my impression is that he feels like they are trying to send him to the old people's house to get rid of him and take over his belongings, the house and his beautiful car, the Gran Torino. Another issue that Walt has to face after the funeral is that Father Janovich is tries to talk with him in order to get him to confession, because he had promised Walt's wife he would do so after her passing away. This is very difficult to Walt because a younger man is talking him about life, being that he has had strong and near experiences with death, so Walt stereotypes him as a young virgin speaking things learned at school, but that the Father didn't even understand according to him. This particular scene is a

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