The Crying Game: A Screenplay Analysis
Posted by Jennine Lanouette on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
On my second viewing of The Crying Game, a couple of years after its release, I noticed that the ending is quite distinctive for being neither a triumph nor a tragedy, yet still having a feeling of resolution. When Fergus, a former IRA volunteer, attempts to protect the “girlfriend” of the British soldier he saw killed but endangers her instead, causing her to kill one of her lover’s killers, he atones for his violent past by taking the wrap. This outcome is neither good (Fergus is in prison) and nor bad (being locked up, he is protected from the IRA’s retribution). However, having brought us to a different understanding from where we started of Fergus and his situation, it does provide a logical result of the film’s thematic through line. Thus, it clearly demonstrates that there is no inherent structural reason why a story must have either a happy or sad ending, defying expectations conditioned into us by both our literary history and current commercial practices.
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