SNP’s TIFF word of the day: Denouement

Word: Denouement

Meaning: From the French word for, literally, untying knots, “denouement” is used to signify the narrative resolution of a tangled cinematic or literary plot.

Usage: “That denouement untied things up nicely.”

You should know it because: After the intense and scattered week-and-some of TIFF, today might feel like a denouement. There’s an element of relief and a sigh of a-ha-ahhhh contained in the word’s very sound. And if you’ve been working yourself into kinks all festival long, today’s the day for a physical denouement: a knot-undoing massage, bien sûr.

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