DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:Listening to the alphabet really brought home how difficult it must have been to write/transcribe the book and the tremendous amount of patience it required!
I thought I'd end up being exhausted and unnerved by the constant repetition of the alphabet. I thought it would become tedious and distracting. But it didn't. Instead, what came up for me was a sense of intimacy via the sound of the human voice. Like a mother repeating soothing sounds to calm her infant, the repeated sounds of the alphabet were comforting, revealing another human being closeby. So that turned out to be more satisfying for me that I thought. In fact, I'd say the alphabet had a starring role in the movie, not only for the reasons you give, DitHoT, but also because the sounds themselves told Jean-Do he was not alone; the verbal repetition of the alphabet became his lifeline in more ways than one.