So yesterday we finished watching the movie Nine Queens in the two sections of my language course. One of the sections enjoyed the film. People laughed, one student clapped, another student made enthusiastic “woo-hoo” noises, everything went great.
In the other section, however, as the credits started to roll, I perceived a gathering tension.
“What could possibly be wrong now?” I wondered. “There is no sex, no nudity, no politics, and there’s a happy ending. Why are the students uncomfortable?”
“So did you like the movie?” I asked.
“Nah. . .”, was the response.
“Why didn’t you like it?”
“We thought Juan was a good person but he turned out to be dishonest.”
“Well, the only person he tricked was a con man who had hurt a lot of people,” I tried to argue.
“But he lied,” the students drawled.
“He only wanted to restore to a young woman and her teenage brother the inheritance that was rightfully theirs.”
“But he lied.”
“And he was desperate to help his elderly father,” I persevered.
“BUT HE LIED!” the students chanted.
So now I’m looking for a movie where fully clothed angelical human beings go around being perfect all the time. Any suggestions?
P.S. No, I’m not inventing these stories. If I had that kind of imagination, I’d already be a bestselling author.