Thursday, October 14, 2010

Movie etiquette

I just noticed my last couple of posts were a bit on the negative side. What can I say? There is no heaven on earth, right? So, although there are many interesting and wonderful things about living in the UAE, like the fact that we don’t have to worry about violence, that we live comfortably and that the sun shines almost 365 days a year, there are still many things we are trying to get used to.
So, before going back to being positive, please allow me to vent a little bit more. This time I’ll take you on a journey through movie etiquette in this country. Actually, scratch that. The LACK of movie etiquette in this country…
Before moving here I thought the worst possible mistake you could make when it comes to going to the movies was to attempt a session at one of the big theatres located at Barra da Tijuca (one of the neighborhoods in Rio) on a Sunday afternoon. Well, not anymore. Going to the movies in the UAE, especially during the weekends, is literally stepping into the twilight zone.
People don’t whisper once in a while to comment on a specific scene, they have animated conversations all the way through the movie. They also have no shame in answering their mobile phones, which only happens after the damn thing rings loudly over and over again. I’ve seen it all when it comes to mobiles:  a man allowing the phone to ring a few times while he screened the call, a woman walking calmly back to her seat (where her bag and screaming mobile were), frustrated to be interrupted from her little walk around the room, girls texting incessantly throughout the movie… And the children – oh, the children. They scream and run as if they are in a playground. Sometimes they even bring their video games along and you need to watch the movie with that annoying noise on the background.
Besides all the noise, they also have the talent to redecorate the room. Take a look at the picture below.

When the session ends, or they get bored, whichever comes first, they simply get up and leave. They are incapable of taking their trash out!
You are probably thinking to yourself: I would never take this. I would get up, ask them to stop talking, turn off their mobiles, control their kids and clean-up after themselves. Right? Well, I’ve tried that. It doesn’t work. They don’t care. Not only are they unable to say I’m sorry, but they even manage to look at you as if you are the crazy person, the party pooper, the freak.
Well, I've decided that from now on I'll only go to the movies during the week or attend the early bird sessions that take place in the morning or early afternoon. This freak wants peace and quiet!

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