this time of year, we end up often in discussions about ”why celebrate christmas”. A party in the middle of winter usually all need, and it is available in many different cultural contexts, so it is perfectly fine with it?
Then screws people if you start talking about Jesus or the weekend meaning. But what is there in the story of the child of Bethlehem that grabs, which probably can be approached a little bit regardless of views on religion?
an action movie, namely Alfonso Cuaróns little underrated ”Children of men” from 2006. Since then he has become more famous for movies like ”Gravity” and now ”Roma”. But his genombrottsfilm with a bufflig Clive Owen in the lead role holds many layers of meaning.
In a not-too-distant future, mankind has become infertile. It is born simply no children. Everything continues as usual, almost – with the realization of all that there really is no continuation. A lack of future that slowly dissolves the society . Oddly enough it will be respect for human life is just less when everyone knows that humanity soon runs out. Violent crimes and terror are commonplace everywhere, and from the influx of immigrants draws around the globe. The very youngest people on the planet will be regularly murder victims of ”lone madmen” as want to excel.
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Owen plays the former police Theo, who receives a strange mission from his ex-wife (played by Julianne Moore), a member of the extremistgruppen ”the Fish” – to smuggle out a pregnant woman from the Uk. Then she is one of the few who have been able to become pregnant she is simply not sure.
the Child stands for everything hopefully that becomes possible and that everything will continue when you are gone.
a huge refugee camps in the seaside town of Bexhill, where different terrorist group fighting for power. And the girl, Kee gives birth to her child in secret. (After Cuarón was little it uses: Kee says first that she does not ”have any man” – before she laughs raw and says: ”What do you think? No one could get pregnant anyway.”) The small group is completely encircled by armed men, when suddenly hear a screaming that may stridslarmet to fall silent. When they go out lowers the armed his rifle and says: ”don't Shoot – you can't hit the baby." And peace lasts for so long that mother and child get away.
It should enough to so dramatically kringberättelse in order to arrive at the moment: ”don't Shoot – you can see the child.” It was the moment Cuarón wanted to, in a film that is full of religious ”easter eggs” – set this to extremistgruppen called ”the Fish”. But he wanted to tell it without preaching and religious instructions.
that child is God. But I think that the story still echoes in the festive season by a secular society in which we believe and think very different. The child stands for everything hopefully that becomes possible and that everything will continue when you are gone. On this defenseless hope must stridslarmet be silent if there is to be any society left. So it's just.
Merry christmas by the way.
Read more texts by Ola Larsmo , among other things, that the Tories högerflank playing with fire in Ireland .