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clip A dangerous proposition

Original classification rating: MA. This clip chosen to be PG

Clip description

At a nightclub, Nabil (Buddy Dannoun) puts a dangerous proposition to his best friend, Tarek (Les Chantery). Nabil has been cleaning an apartment he suspects is being used to stash drugs. He wants Tarek to help him rob the place, but his friend sees the potential dangers all too clearly and refuses.

Curator’s notes

This is a critical moment in the narrative, what’s known in popular screenwriting jargon as the story’s ‘inciting incident’ or ‘call to action’. When Nabil attempts to persuade Tarek to rob a suspected drug dealer of his wares, he kicks the plot into motion. In terms of the popular ‘hero’s journey’ school of screenwriting theory, Tarek’s reluctance to go along with the plan is the protagonist trying to resist the call to action.

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