The Village

The Village

When I was in 8th grade we moved to a new school. There was a huge deal at my new school where the week before I got there a naturalist had given a talk at an assembly and been roasted within an inch of his life. I wasn't there but it was apparently nasty beyond the scope of usual 8th grader nastiness. He showed a picture of a baby deer and kids were shouting that he had cummed on the deer and that's why it had white spots on it. Kids shouting that he should go missing. That kind of thing. Just absolutely out of control. The entire school had to write him apology letters. Even me. I wasn't there yet but I still had to apologize, which seemed unfair at the time but the older I get the more I understand that I was not free of sin simply for not living there yet. Obviously the kids were in the wrong for bringing this man to tears for the crime of loving nature and wanting to share that. But I think the school should've been a little bit more honest with themselves about the nature of 12-14 year olds. A lot of pain could've been saved. At the very least that man could've had a more pleasant day.

All of this is to say that releasing this mournful movie about the nature of faith and truth dressed up as a twist-driven horror movie to Americans in 2004 when we were maybe even dumber and more literal-minded than we are in 2021 was not a great tactical move.

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