Freytags pyramid remains to be effectively applied in the modern literary and film studies.
The aim of the current work is to analyze the film “Our time is up” from the position of its plot structure. Thus, the definitions and the main functions of exposition, inciting event, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution will be given and exemplified by the scenes from the film accordingly.
Exposition is defined as “the background material that the reader or viewer needs to understand the rest of the plot. The reader meets the main characters, learns key pieces of information” (Burns, 2014), and “tells the reader WHEN & WHERE a story takes place” (Tiffany, 2010). Exposition of the film “Our time is up” shows usual routine of Dr. Sterns life. He wakes up at 7:00, chooses suit, makes coffee at 7:15, picks the daily newspaper “National Psychiatrist”, reads it while drinking coffee and starts his sessions with patients. The following scenes of the film depict these sessions. The interviews are connected with doctors ordinary impassiveness phrases such as “Well, say more about that”, “Interesting. Why do you think that is?”, “How does it make you feel?”, “This seems to cause you a great deal of distress”, “That must be difficult for you”, which indicate that doctor is not deeply involved or interested in his patients problems. The question “Why do you think that is?” is heard twice, though in reference to different clients. The exposition part of the film finalizes with the following dialogue:
Inciting moment (inciting event, inciting incident) was deemed by Freytag as a part of exposition. It is defined as an event which performs the “key conflict”, which sets the story in motion (Burns, 2014). Dr. Stern receives a call from Dr. Williams, who tells him the results of CT scanning: there are only six weeks remain for him to live. The inciting event is enforced with the