The Devil's Backbone

Movie • 2001 • Drama  

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Spain, 1939. In the last days of the Spanish Civil War, the young Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucía orphanage, where he will make friends and enemies as he follows the quiet footsteps of a mysterious presence eager for revenge.
This movie contains 32 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Is there misophonia?
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Is autism misrepresented?
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DrHonks
The primary antagonist suffered abuse and is extremely abusive (to the point of murder) of those around him
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Are there fat suits?
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Is someone choked?
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Abandonment
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DrHonks
A boy's tutor leaves him at an orphanage without informing him of his intention
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soravanitas
The movie is about orphans, but some of them are led to believe their parents are still alive and will come back to get them (I'm not sure if some of the boys were actually left there by their parents?)
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
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DrHonks
The movie takes place in an orphanage and there are no parents present
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Is someone stalked?
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DrHonks
You could make the argument that a ghost stalks living characters but there is no stalking in the predatory sense
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Verbal
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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soravanitas
I do not recommend this movie if you are sensitive to child abuse. The orphan boys are verbally and physically abused and threatened throughout the movie by the adult groundskeeper.
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Is there addiction?
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DrHonks
A few characters drink during the movie but not to excess
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Are animals abused?
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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soravanitas
There are also some flies towards the end of the movie that fly around and crawl on a dead man and his possessions
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone restrained?
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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DrHonks
There are no jokes but there are references to a teenage boy being sexually abused by a female authority figure
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Bodily Harm
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Mulu
There's an intentional knife cut and accidental glass shards cuts.
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soravanitas
Several characters are seen struggling to breathe after falling into the water in the cistern
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Is there decapitation?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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[SPOILERS]: There is a large explosion. Several people die from the blast, and you can see their charred bodies. Those that survived can be seen with burns on their skin.
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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soravanitas
No amputation is seen but there is a woman with an already amputated leg
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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soravanitas
[SPOILERS]: The doctor is knocked unconscious by the explosion, and a boy is pushed into a wall, hitting his head before losing consciousness.
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dtdd12345
An ankle is dislocated and clicked back into place in a close up shot, without anaesthetic.
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DrHonks
A boy seems to twitch and convulse after receiving serious head trauma but it's unclear if it's a seizure
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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soravanitas
No, but after a man gets hit in the face, his eye becomes very bloodshot and completely red. It stays that way all through the rest of the movie.
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Is someone stabbed?
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Mulu
A woman is stabbed with a knife, and a man is pierced on several occurance with pikes.
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DrHonks
There is some blood but no significant gore
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Kelpy
SPOILERS
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The main character is haunted by the ghost of a murdered child, several other children die throughout the movie.
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
Does a major character die?
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Does a non-human character die?
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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dtdd12345
The children are orphans but their parents' death is not discussed or shown.
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Does someone cheat?
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DrHonks
Given the nature of the relationship, it's kind of a grey area between cheating and sexual abuse that began when one character was a teenager.
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soravanitas
The bully of the orphanage takes the main character's comic books and toys
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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DrHonks
A ghost is central to the plot
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Are there clowns?
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Are there razors?
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soravanitas
The doctor can be seen shaving with an old-fashioned razor
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Is there a shower scene?
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Is someone eaten?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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soravanitas
Both are talked about, but you do actually see one character spit when he is sitting at a fire, and another man drools a lot after being hit in the face
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Is there audio gore?
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DrHonks
It's fairly mild
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Large-scale Violence
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DrHonks
The movie is set during the Spanish Civil War, predating 9/11 by many decades
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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Mulu
Children are locked in a room by the antagonists.
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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DrHonks
A character receives stitches
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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No hospital scenes, but characters receive first aid and minor medical treatment outside of a hospital setting
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Is there menstruation?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone have a mental illness?
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Does someone self harm?
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
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Does someone have a meltdown?
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Is there ABA therapy?
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Is there body dysphoria?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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IstariNarya
A boy gets stuck in a closet
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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DrHonks
There are multiple scenes inside a cistern full of water
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Is there screaming?
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DrHonks
A lot of the cast consists of preteen or young teenage boys who talk about as vulgarly as you'd expect when adults aren't present. The groundskeeper and his friends are also pretty crude.
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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cassandrasaurus
No but there are deceased fetuses.
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Are there abortions?
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IstariNarya
No but you see dead fetuses in jars
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RockyFennek
The doctor keeps various preserved fetuses in jars. One of them has severe spina bifida, and the doctor explains that the condition is sometimes called "the devil's backbone."
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IstariNarya
No but you see a fetus in a jar.
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Does the black guy die first?
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RockyFennek
The main character gets called "maricón" a few times by an older boy, which is the Spanish equivalent of the f-slur.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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dtdd12345
The F-slur is used
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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DrHonks
Some people call their extremely violent associate crazy
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
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RockyFennek
A man who looks to be in his mid-twenties is having an affair with a much-older woman. At the time of filming, the actress was roughly twice the actor's age.
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Mulu
No genitals are shown.
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there BDSM?
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Does someone lose their virginity?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Kelpy
It's a rather open ended but bleak ending. Not necessarily a "bad" ending, but whatever happens beyond the movie is not likely good.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
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dtdd12345
No, but there is an explosion from a fire
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Is there blood/gore?
29 supporters
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dtdd12345
Various bloody wounds shown and violent scenes including a boy's face getting slashed by an adult, and a man getting piked to death, blood shown.
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
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9
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1
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Kelpy
Multiple scenes in the movie detail the same event of someone drowning.
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dtdd12345
Prisoners of war are shot in a line at gunpoint
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