Never Rarely Sometimes Always


At the 60th minute of the film, the meaning of the hard-to-remember title of "Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always" was finally revealed. In the clinic where we have never seen the whole picture, the social worker asked Autumn questions about her health and safety, and hoped that she would answer with a frequency of "never, rarely, sometimes, always". Social workers briskly stated that they should answer multiple-choice questions without stress, but this ranged from "whether your sexual partner refuses to use condoms" to "whether your sexual partner physically abuses you" The sexual partner who was deliberately hidden was brought into the conversation for the first time, and Autumn, who calmly and independently decided to quietly abort, may also realize at this moment that she should not be alone for the accident in her belly. Children are responsible.

However, in this three-minute question, Autumn is always alone. The camera is close to her face, which is tired but hard to keep calm. In this forced screen space, the unfrozen snow and ice in the hometown and the neon neon in New York fade away. , Did not even hit the camera back to the gentle and firm social worker on the opposite side. Yes, it's just that Autumn is sitting there wearing the iconic yellow sweater, and stepping back to those pains that cannot be avoided as the problem leads.

In this lens, which excludes all external factors, the screen seems to become a mirror. "Never, rarely, sometimes, always" is Autumn's story, a decision she is solely responsible for, and her journey. However, these scattered “never, rarely, sometimes, always” are by no means the answer of Autumn alone.


Sequins and Nail Nails: A Study of Her Role

The plot of "Never" is simple: Autumn, a 17-year-old girl who accidentally became pregnant, discovered that Pennsylvania law requires a parent to know about an abortion, and her close cousin Skylar embarked on an abortion journey to New York.

In the context of the anti-abortion bill passed by multiple states in the United States, the plot of the accidental under-age pregnancy and cross-state abortion in "Never" easily made the film look like a "point of view" film. However, although "Never" is a story about abortion, it does touch on a series of issues such as female body control, but this film is not a fierce nor bloody, character description is greater than the expression of views works.

It has no resistance and collision, no drama climax, no true farewell and final reconciliation, no American warmth in Juno, and no roughness in April Two Weeks and Three Days. "Never" is more like excerpts from the video tapes of the lives of two girls for a few days and nights, watching their lives and journeys from a close but restrained perspective, without deliberately creating dog blood or ignoring any details. This observation gave the two young girls placed under close-up a sense of reality that was not like a movie character, and we were also invited to enter into them, experiencing their uncomfortable uneasiness and being faced with stressful events again and again Emotional.


In such a character-focused story, the protagonist's appearance is extremely important, and "Never" constructs the world in which Autumn lives and the daily experience in a very clean and efficient way. The opening of "Never" was a retro-style high school talent show. When the students of Autumn performed the botched Elvis mimic show and the mixed dance of men and women in the 1950s, Autumn sang a sad song with guitar accompaniment. Although she was wearing some funny coats with silver glitter eyeshadows, her eyes and singing voices had made her and her peers in different time and space.