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- Today, 20:13
- Sep 11, 2016
If any of you watched this movie, I'm curious what do you think about the boy?
During discussion panel after film, it was concluded that the boy is psychotic and naturally evil. The panelists showed a lot of dislike for him. There were references to the present times about spoiled children who start to rule the home instead of parents. Audience commented that children should be sweet.
Nobody talked about emerging sexuality, lack of attention, imitation of parents behavior. A fatal marital relationship between them was defined as typical for that time and not at all (!) pathological. In no way panelists connected it with boy aggression.
There was also opinions that this movie is not about family but about war.
Panelists were professors of sociology (woman), philosophy (man) and two ladies were psychology doctors who actively work with children.
I felt very bad listening to these statements. In my opinion, the judgment of the twelve year old boy was devoid of any context. The next day I was talking with classmate (who didn't stay for panel) and he also claimed that the boy was psychotic.
It's quite strange because I felt strong empathy for the child. I actually still can't get why educated people uphold such brutal and unfair opinions about children. I wonder if it's just me or what.