Pariah features a lesbian teenager who juggles between varied identities despite failures to ensure collaboration and unity with friends and family. The teenager bears the pressure from home and ensures to stay in line between her different personas (Taylor 2011, paras. 1-4). Alike (Adepero Oduye) has her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker) who prefers homosexuality hated to continue being a virgin. Due to the lesbian bar present at home, she found it difficult to move further and this made her to search for love externally. Audrey endlessly watches the activity of her daughter to ensure that she does not go in the wrong direction. Audrey bombards her daughter with questions and complaints and clips the opportunity as her daughter walks across. Arthur, Audrey’s husband, is a New York city police officer and is aware of the events happening in the daughter’s life.
The film begins with a number of dynamic scenes as Alike (17 year lesbian) is introduced to Laura. The scene happens in a women’s nightclub. The external appearances of Alike highlighted the gangsta pose. The quick transformation from gangster to a feminine teenager at the bus reminds the audience about the exotic subcultural space in the region. The story of Alike displays the concerns relating to coming of age narratives that project friend negotiations, separation from parents, sexual identities and procedural behavior to sustain in the world (Taylor 2011, paras. 5-7).
Pariah is a tender yet goofy film where the attitude and thug life storytelling have dominated and reminded the life of African American people. Alike comes out of her comfort zone to find a queer woman who would match her color. The hyper masculine persona has varied gestures and features. The quick transitions and the overall outline of the story are so catchy. This indicates that Pariah is a rare form of movie to protect and unleash the life of lesbians.
he plot of Pariah is semiautobiographical and it portrays the struggle of a lesbian to gain acceptance from the family that is completely against her choice. This subject about lesbian is not often chosen by the directors, but this story presents the self-view of Pariah’s director Dee Rees. The movie has never been artificial (Holden 2011, paras. 1-3). For instance, the LGBT presence of Alike has disturbed her neighbors as their mental understanding is different from that of Alike. The scene at high school where Alike pursues is gay friendly and this is a natural environment and is completely unexpected. Her comments are rather sensible. For instance, straight women were found to talk about the aggressive of Alike and this word is specifically used to denote the masculine lesbians. Although the girls regard Alike to be cute, it has stressed her to reach to Laura to speak about the embarrassment.
What makes the plot even different is the screenplay. As the setting or the characters or the scene transitions, the plot is realistic. Instead of leaving the loose ends open, it reflects the number of confusions that occur in real life. There is an emotional tailspin as Bina and Alike spent an intimate night together. It looked like a real time experiment to identify the acceptance of people towards the concept that is already stigmatized by the public. However, the motivations and actions could have been projected better, and the viewers could estimate the perspectives and emotional abusiveness.
There are four important differences in the plot:
The genre is less used as it is less appreciated by the viewers.
The director Rees is motivated to film her experiences instead of the confinement to some form of ghetto (aesthetic or racial or sexual).
This is a novice attempt taken by Rees, but a bold attempt as the director positions the film in a perfect way.
The critics have regarded the film to be precious due to the thoughtful construction and the complete architecture that demonstrate expert ability.
Every character has been projected in such a way that the idea of a lesbian is not treated and gave weird responses by the viewers (Holden 2011, paras. 5-9). The social stigma that has been ruling over years about an African American and a lesbian is ruled out with this presentation.
These differences make this plot a rare and interesting one unlike the other movies that have launched in the same time. The responses are still fresh despite the years that passed by.