Adults re-enacting children’s games and the loser being gunned down? Sounds macabre, but it’s the plot of the Netflix series “Squid Game”. How does watching the show affect young children? We checked with directors.
Villingen-Schwenningen – It looks like an idyll, but appearances are deceptive. 456 people stand in a landscape and have a life-size, girlish doll in focus, which is a few meters away on a single tree in the barren landscape. They play the children’s game “Red Light, Green Light”, a game in which they are allowed to move around as long as the doll communicates the name of the game in innocent singsong. The goal is to reach the tree within ten minutes. If the puppet stops after the words “green light”, the players must stop. But there is one decisive, incredibly brutal difference in this game compared to harmless children’s games: Anyone who still moves when the doll has turned around will be mercilessly shot. A perverted form of the children’s game “Ochs am Berg”. The last surviving winner has prize money in the millions.