Gabbo

11th Aug 2004

The Village (2004)

Question: Does anyone have any insight as to where all the people in the Village came from? I understand the motivation in being there as expressed by the elders, who know of the outside world and are escaping it, but what about everyone else who seems ignorant of that other world? The group scenes show at least a hundred people there. Were they all brought as children and raised with the stories of the creatures to keep them out of the woods? Seems like a lot of children for 8 or 10 elders to bring. Are all the adults, not just the elders, "in-the-know", having brought their children and kept them deceived? Any thoughts, or official insight, would be appreciated.

Answer: As covered towards the end of the movie, the elders met at a support group for the families of victims of violent crime (if you listen to the voiceovers, they all talk about how a loved one was murdered, and the photo shows them all standing in front of a consolation center). At the end of the voiceovers, you hear Mr. Walker talk about how he "has an idea" if they are willing to hear him out. Presumably, this idea is to separate from society as they end up doing. It is assumed that all of the adults in the village are there by choice. As for the children and young adults, they were likely born there, or moved there when they were too young to remember the outside world. Given the clothes and surroundings in the picture of the group, and the fact that the guard at the end is reading a 2004 newspaper, we can assume they have been in the village for at least 20-30 years. The end of the movie does a very good job of tying up loose ends. The newspaper and radio reports in the guard shack reinforce the idea of the violent society they are escaping. The conversation between the guards establishes that a rich benefactor is both paying them to protect a "wildlife preserve," as well as making sure the government does not allow flights over the village, which would spoil the illusion. The fact that Walker mentions that his murdered father was an excellent and rich businessman, coupled with the fact that the area surrounding the village is called *Walker* Wildlife Preserve, leads us to believe that his inheritance is financing their secret. All in all, it's a tidy bit of storytelling.

Gabbo

Answer: That's the rub of why it's a movie. You are exactly right - if the original 9 elders, who were already all probably in their 40s in the Counselling Center pic, even had 3 more offspring each that would have made the village approximately 30 people. The village wouldn't have increased from there for another generation. Also, if you are astute, you will see that Lucius is an infant in the Counselling Center pic, so he would have been the "oldest" non elder, which would have probably made him be in his early 20s. All that being said, I absolutely LOVE this movie, because this actually "could" happen - escape this horrible world by pretending it's maybe 150 years earlier and act like it. Fascinating.

Answer: The guard reading the newspaper mumbles, that a group of people, ex hippies, became disillusioned with the modern world and pooled their resources and established a quiet simple way of life. The Phantom creatures are to put fear into the young ones from getting to curious about venturing beyond the forest.

11th Aug 2004

The Village (2004)

Question: What is the significance of the dead 7-year old boy in the opening scene of the movie? Does it have anything to do with the 7-year old mentioned on Shyamalan's newspaper?

Answer: No, they establish early in the movie that the boy died of a disease. The reason Lucius keeps requesting permission to go to the town to get medicine is to prevent someone else from getting the same thing. They are very effectively cut off from the outside world. The purpose of the newspaper report and radio news heard in the guard shack is to lend credence to their motives for establishing the village (ie, to escape a violent society).

Gabbo

Answer: I had a thought about this. The main elder let his daughter go to get medicine because he loved his daughter. That was not supposed to be allowed to happen, yet he made an exception because it was for his daughter. I wonder if the boy that died at the beginning too could have been saved by outside medicine. So was the main elder OK with this boy's death but couldn't bare his daughters lover to die?

11th Aug 2004

The Village (2004)

Question: I'm not sure, but do the security guys, especially the one behind the desk, know about the people inside the village?

Answer: It isn't very clear, but the movie does give the impression that the guard in the shack (played by M. Night Shyamalan) probably knows, while the younger guard definitely did not. However, the young guard probably knows now... he obviously believed that Ivy lives in the sanctuary, and when he asked her name, he almost definitely noticed that she shares the same last name as the sanctuary (as seen on the guard vehicle).

Gabbo

Answer: Aha! It makes sense now...both the elders of the village and the older security guard represent the "old way" and the younger guard meeting Ivy was innocence coming together to help one another. Which is what the village wanted to preserve.

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