The Descendants

The long closing shot in The Descendants -- George Clooney's Matt King and daughters Alex and Scottie are sitting on the couch watching television -- reverses, albeit briefly,  the motion of the archipelago on which they live.

A family feels exactly like an archipelago, King observes. Separate but part of a whole, and always drifting slowly apart.

Here, the family rereassembles and sits together on the couch, sharing a blanket reminiscent of the shape of Diamond Head. 


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