In Interstellar (2014), what is the meaning of this reaction given by Lois?

The actual scene goes like this:

Boy Coop: [Coughs]

Boy Coop: The dust

Murph: Lois, I have a friend who, could look at his lungs.

Lois: [Inexperienced actress reaction]

Animated GIF of scene described above

Actually, Nolan is the perfect director in the world; he even made Heath Ledger grab an Oscar. But why did this scene go like this?

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    I think the reaction was appropriate to show disinterest.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Mar 18, 2015 at 7:08
  • @AnkitSharma why disinterest? Boy Coop is Lois own child not adopted. & also in the reaction she put both her hands down, and she laugh. Mar 18, 2015 at 7:25
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    Hey...imagine some relative come to your house after a long time and offer you some solution. Are you going to take it seriously? Just my personal interpretation of the scene.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Mar 18, 2015 at 7:48
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    possible duplicate of Why did Murph's brother and his wife refuse a doctor for their son in Interstellar?
    – user7812
    Jun 30, 2015 at 21:31

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The reaction showed resignation.

The Dust was all-pervasive and was affecting the lungs of large numbers of people. The scene shows that Lois - representing all mothers - was resigned to the fact that there was nothing that could be done to solve the problem.

The resignation of one mother for one child's condition was a directorial ploy to show that society as a whole was in trouble.


I think this scene plays more to the automatic rejection of everything that Murph would bring into the house. Lois knows how Tom will not want anything connected to Murph and the scientists brought into their home.

Those scientists had taken their father away from them, and had proven (to that point) to have failed at saving the planet. Murph, having taken up the mantle from a different direction with the same people, only served to remind Tom of what he had lost, and what he thought his family faced. Anything Murph brought with her would automatically also be connected to that same pain.

Lois knew this. She wanted the help for her child, but she knew it would be rejected by Tom because of Murph. This is why she was willing to leave with Murph and the doctor. She wanted her son to live, and she wanted to hope that something could be done. Only by breaking free of her husband and his misguided oppression could she succeed in getting that help.


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