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What's with this shot in Punch-Drunk Love?

When Barry is on the phone sex line there’s a shot of him sitting at the table in the middle of the frame. Then the camera pans over so that he’s on the very edge of the frame. I don’t understand why PTA did this…

I don’t remember the shot, specifically, but by your description, it would seem to highlight the loneliness and isolation of the Sandler character.

it seems to me to have a lot to do with the basics of photography. having the main point in the picture off to the side. i like what JN6six6 said. i never directly thought about it that way.

wasent he also jackin of at the time? ;D

Yeah, remember he unbuckled his pants and he was going to whack his thang. Good thing he panned when that happened.