Shawshank Redemption “Cadena Perpetua”


“Please sit down. Alistair Boyd Redding, your files say you’ve served 40 years of a life sentence. Do you feel you’ve been rehabilitated?”

“Rehabilitated? Well now let me see. You know I don’t have any idea what that means.”

“Well it means you’re ready to rejoin society”

“I know what you think it means sonny. To me it’s just a made up word, a politician’s word so that young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie and have a job. What do you really wanna know? Am I sorry for what I did? There’s not a day goes by I don’t feel regret. Not because I’m in here and you think I should. I look back on the way I was then. A young stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try and talk some sense to him. Tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone and this old man is all that’s left. I gotta live with that. Rehabilitated, it’s just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form sonny, and stop wasting my time, because to tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit.”

Discussion: What is the film about? What are prison conditions like in your country?