Arrival — How Villeneuve Balances Fear and Intrigue [Director's Playbook]

In this scene from Arrival, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner’s characters meet the heptapods for the first time. Unsure of the aliens’ motives, they proceed with caution — they are fascinated by the heptapods but inextricably drawn to them. So, how does Denis Villeneuve create a situation that balances fear and intrigue?


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