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You could say that
this is the story of someone...
who is trying to hold on to happiness.
But that's not really allowed, because
it violates the laws of the world.
We all get our own share of happiness.
But woe to him or her
who asks more for more.
Still, we all do it.
Because how exactly do you
judge what your share is.
That evening we were asked out to dinner.
My brother Serge
had made the reservations.
Because we needed to talk
about our children.
18 MONTHS EARLIER
So far we've always been
very pleased with Michel.
But recently he wrote an essay
for his history class...
that came to the attention
of my colleague Mr. Halsema...
- That's correct.
If I may quote...
'The inhumanity of state-implemented
death penalty is such...
'it makes you wonder...'
'whether for some perpetrators
it wouldn't be more humane...'
'to intervene at a much earlier stage.'
Yes, I'm familiar with the passage.
Is that your advice, Mr. Lohman?
Or did your son come up with this
all by himself?
I have to admit that Michel
may have been influenced...
by my opinion
I have rather strong views on what should
be done with suspects of certain crimes.
subconsciously or consciously...
foisted some of these notions on Michel.
Like throwing suspects out of the
eighth-floor window of the police station.
Is that still in there?
That was intended as a joke, of course.
You know... boy talk.
I understand you also worked in education.
Yes, for a number of years.
- But you were suspended.
- Not quite.
No, it was my idea to step back a bit...
and return when things had settled down.
But in fact you never did go back.
You've been unemployed for some years.
Temporarily. If I wanted, I could get
another job tomorrow, in fact.
It says here that you insulted a student.
No, sorry. That you disparaged
the victims of WWII.
was about this:
I asked my students
How many jerks are there
in a group of 100 people?
How many dads who beat their kids?
How many morons? How many a**holes?
How many lowlife slackers griping
about non-existent injuries.
Just look around you and you see
that one family member of yours.
That uncle and his bullshit,
or that ugly cousin who kicks his cat.
Wouldn't you be relieved
if that cousin stepped on a mine?
Or was hit by a bomb?
So consider the thousands...
No, the tens of thousands of victims
we'd miss like a hole in the head.
The horrible injustice lies in the fact...
that even the jerks get a mention
on the war monuments.
I just wanted to give them
food for thought.
I always tried to make the subject
as interesting as possible.
I've never tried to flatter them
with politically correct nonsense.
I kept in mind what I liked.
What I found interesting
when I was at school.
That was my whole point.
- What was your specific interest?
- Well, the Egyptians.
The Greeks, the Romans,
Alexander the Great.
The campaigns with the elephants,
the chariot races, the gladiators.
The Trojan Horse.
But there are also a number of great books
about the everyday Roman.
I couldn't care less
about the everyday Roman.
My students come home every day
to the everyday Roman.
My students want to drool over
Caesar's 23 stab wounds...
slit wrists in a hot bath,
the eruption of the Vesuvius...
the beauty of the temples, the frescoes...
the bathhouses and the mosaics.
Isn't it all of an eternal beauty?Rate this script:0.0 / 0 votes
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