Thursday, January 23, 2020
Overheard at Booth 2: The Devil's Backbone (2004)
The Spanish Civil War is not the centerpiece of this movie, but it is the background. The set, as you will, as much as the mission wherein all the action takes place. It's an orphanage, a home for boys displaced by the war, and this movie is also a mystery and a ghost story.
On top of that, it is also the standard European "child on the cusp of adolescence" story. Europeans love those "coming-of-age" stories. I don't know why. There is something they must love about the impending loss of innocence, the struggle to maintain childhood in the face of forces that demand the child to grow up, immediately rather than later. That should be (and probably has already been) the subject for a scholarly study on the psychology of Europe. (hint hint to all you sociologists out there!)