Thismovie about how a young man finds out his father has passed but in order tocollect his belongings, he must leave the reservation. Victor, the maincharacter he shares his flashbacks on how his father used to treat him and hismother when he was younger.
Joining along on the journey to keep Victor companyis Thomas. Thomas tries to help make Victor feel better by telling him storiesabout his dad but Victor just ignores him and thinks about his own memories hehad before his dad left him. The role of storytelling in SmokeSignals was used as a defense mechanism and a bonding technique. It helped themboth keep busy and ignore the fact that they are on the way to pick up Arnold’sashes.
Storytelling in the movie is a known thing, people in the reservationpass down stories to others. It was entertainment other than watching movies orreading a book. Sitting down at a party with family and friends, telling one byone stories either they make up or from their past. In this case, Thomas was known allover the reservation for his clever tales. In the movie, that is how heconnects with people on a one to one basis.
It is his way of socializing witheveryone. Unlike Victor, the only storytelling he would say were about him andhis dad. In the film, it is the storytelling in his head. That is what we referit to as his flashbacks. They control and cross examine accounts all throughthe film, a component that is intriguing in itself, however it goes up againstmore prominent criticalness given how as often Native American individuals havebeen stereotyped and quieted on film. Thomaswas able to catch himself and Victor a ride to the bus stop by trading a storyabout Arnold’s hostile to Vietnam activism to two ladies from the reservation.He becomes a close acquaintance with a gymnast on the transport by letting herdisclose to him her story, and he swaps stories with Suzy Song, a moderncompanion of Arnold’s.
Itshows to you how in the reservation they did things. They would ask for storiesand especially in this case Thomas, he’s the well-known ones, he gave them agood story. They tend to trade stories for favors at times. It became a constantthing, when they would either be with friends or just himself and Victor. The plot of Smoke Signals is meager,truly. Essentially, the boys get on a transport, go get a dead man’s belongingsand then backpedal home. There isn’t much as far as activity. The story is allinside the characters, that is the place the genuine trip happens.
Furthermore,the fuel of the excursion is the characters’ connection to each other and toeach other’s stories. Nothing magical occurs in this film, yet this film isfilled with it. It’s about the dreamlike, that split amongst certainties andtheir actual importance. Thatplace where certainties and implications covers, where at various times, andwhere they are only somewhat out of match up, sufficiently only to give you achance to see the past. This is a storyteller’s point of view. This is themoment where this is between past and present. All through the film, storiesfrom the past cuts in on the story we’re following at the moment.
Sometimes wesee grown-up Victor on screen together with younger Victor and this makes acover of stories and a layering of truths and meanings, a blending ofsubstances that winds up plainly surreal. Sometimespeople tell stories in a different way to not hid the lies but to give you agood memory and though about it. An example would be that Arnold would tell thestory about Victor when he was younger playing in a basketball game and he shotthe winning point.
Suzy ends up telling Victor and Thomas about it, Victorstops her and tells her that it was a lie. Arnold wanted to have that memory ofhis son happy and there was a joyous time in their life. Even though it was alie and Victor’s team lost. Everybody lies, it is normal.
Tocover something even if it is not a big deal but in this case Arnold wanted totalk about Victor to Suzy even if it was a lie and it did not end up like that.