Juno Tecniques


Describe an important setting in your text.
Explain how visual and verbal techniques used to show that important setting helped you to understand a key idea (or ideas) in the text.

In the film Juno, directed by Jason Reitman, one of the main settings was the Loring’s house.   Juno, the title character, is sixteen years old and pregnant.   She had chosen the Loring’s to be the adoptive parents.   The contrast of visual and verbal techniques of props, lighting and dialogue helped me to understand the key idea of family that is highlighted throughout the film.

The setting of the Loring’s house in Juno is important as it highlights the idea Juno has of the perfect family.   She, herself, comes from a broken family.   Juno lives with her Dad, Step Mum and half sister, Liberty-Bell.   Her mother sends her a cactus grab “which stings less than [her] abandonment” every year.   Juno wants her baby to be adopted into a loving family with two present parents.   The Loring’s house is the setting where this idea of family is examined closely.

Lighting is used to create the mood setting of the Loring’s house.  

It is always lit with cool light, very white washed light, and it is often lit from outside.  

This seems to create a colder atmosphere which foreshadows their separation due to the strain in their marriage.   This lighting is more important when we see it contrasted with the lighting in Juno’s house which is warm, golden light, and is mostly lit from within the room by soft lamps.   This indicates that although Juno’s family is an amalgamated one, there is real love, happiness and care there.   The setting of the Loring’s house, and the use of lighting, helps us to realise Juno’s idea of the perfect family may be flawed.

Props are used to show the idea of family within the setting of the Loring’s house.  

Their house is decorated with tasteful pieces, just a few very good pieces.   There are flowers in vases, studio photos of the couple...