DZ-85: Choices & Decisions 2 – The Farewell & Wrath of Man

What is difference between choice and decision when it comes to audience experience?

In our second part of our “series” on Choices & Decisions, we take a deep dive into THE FAREWELL and WRATH OF MAN, with a sidebar on NOMADLAND.

In THE FAREWELL, we consider how the choice/decision to lie underpins every sene of the film (to great effect).

In NOMADLAND, we consider how using choice and decision is a great way to show how a character doesn’t change.

And in WRATH OF MAN, we look at how non-linear narrative – and its decoupling of choice, decisions and consequence (wouldn’t that be a detripling???) impacts the audience experience, especially how we feel about characters.

The terminology we settled on in Part 1 was:

  • CHOICE: Are the options presented to the character.
  • DECISION: Is the knowing consideration of the choice and resulting action.
  • CONSEQUENCE: is the resulting outcome from the choice.


 Audio quotations used for educational purposes only. Timestamps indicated below. Chapter markers included in the mp3.

Thanks to Chris for editing this episode.


  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:01:38 – Decisions & Choices Recap
  • 00:03:41 – The Farewell
  • 00:28:58 – Nomadland
  • 00:37:39 – Wrath of Man
  • 01:36:54 – Wrap Up & Key Learnings
  • 01:45:06 – Backmatter



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