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I think that one of the strongest themes to emerge out of the film is how the individual moves towards a community. The film is driven by the individual and community dynamic and I think that it would make sense to focus on this as part of a thematic exploration of the film. The fact that Michael remains as an outsider or as an isolated individual for the exposition of the film is challenged by his embrace of football and the embrace that he receives by Leigh Ann and her family. In the end, this becomes the fulcrum by which he moves from individual to community. I think that this is one of the most important themes in the film both in the football context and in his own understanding of the world and his place in it. The idea of being able to forge connections and withstand tension within them become critical elements in both the film and in Michael's characterization. These also become critical elements in Leigh Ann's development as a character. This is the theme that also helps to provide redemption in the film, and because of this I would think that the theme of individual and community is of vital importance to the film and in exploring it in a written work sample.
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