Fake World

In M. Night Shyamalan’s faux gothic film The Village, a late-19th-century community lives in enforced isolation; the deformed, bloodthirsty creatures who inhabit the woods outside the village prevent access to the world beyond. What makes the film an imitation gothic is the double plot twist. It turns out that the monsters are a fiction invented by the elders of the village to keep the younger generation within its boundaries. Further, we learn that the adults are refugees from present-day America whose experience of urban violence has driven them to revert to an 1890s lifestyle (their costume and manners actually evoke a period perhaps a century earlier).

 

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