A brotherly reader writes:
I recently had a chance to watch the new French film Banlieue 13: Ultimatum, which as far as these things go is a pretty good action flick. The point of the movie seems to be that the weak-willed French president is being dominated by a cabal of generals, intelligence agents, and industrialists, but that with cooperation, acrobatic skill, and aesthetic unarmed combat, the outcasts of French society (apparently consisting of Arabs, Africans, Asians, Sicilian Mafiosi and German skinheads) can bloodlessly seize the apparatus of state power and allow the president to do the right thing. Or something like that. Good action sequences, though.
Anyway, in one scene, the building-hopping acrobat Leito and the rogue agent Damien decide to talk about religion and society while dodging bullets.
Damien: It’s not the laws that are bad, but the people that enforce them.
Leito: Yeah, like religion. Incidentally, what’s yours?
Damien: I was baptized when I was a boy, but my only goal now is the civil code.
Damien: My only goal now is the civil code.
Leito: You’re worse than a Mormon.
All I have to go on are some dodgy subtitles, but a discussion of civil society and religion in France seems like a weird place for Mormons to pop up. Are French Mormons known as fanatically patriotic to the civil code? Fanatically patriotic? Or just fanatical in general? I don’t know French and I don’t know enough about France to put this in context. Can any of your readers suggest what’s going on here?