Study Guide

American Beauty Scene 10

Scene 10

Scene 10

  • Lester is in the kitchen getting ice cream and wants to apologize to Jane for being absent, saying she can always come to him.
  • He wants to know why they aren't pals anymore. Lester's heart-to-heart doesn't go over well, since Jane thinks he's trying to blame her for the distance between them.
  • Suddenly, we see them through the viewfinder of a video camera, and we realize the neighbor next door is filming them.
  • We don't get sound during this period, since it's a home movie. We see Jane leave the kitchen, and Lester washes some dishes in the sink.
  • Suddenly he seems to feel like he's being watched, but by the time he realizes, the dude filming them is gone, and we switch back to the regular view of events.
  • The camera then focuses on a picture of the Burnhams in happier times.

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