The Starling Girl

Movie • 2023 • Drama  

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Jem Starling enters into an affair with her married youth pastor and begins a double life as she continues to fulfill her duties in her community.
This movie contains 24 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Abandonment
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Jem’s mother forces her out of the house and locks the door so she can not come back in.
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Abuse
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fraisierdesbois
An alcoholic dad slaps one of his daughters
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Is someone stalked?
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Both parents are abusive towards the protagonist...
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The protagonist, by many of the people around her, under the guise of religion.
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Is a child abused?
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A child’s hands are shown to be scarred from a whipping that happened offscreen. Later, a child is slapped once.

More generally, the movie is very much about the sexual, religious, and emotional abuse of children.
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Addiction
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The protagonist’s father relapses into drug and alcohol addiction.
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Is there addiction?
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The protagonist’s father relapses into addiction and is hospitalized.
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The protagonist’s father relapses into drug and alcohol addiction.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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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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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 snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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The protagonist is a 17 year old who is being groomed by a man twice her age.
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The protagonist holds the head of a boy who is “courting” her underwater. He is not injured, but is very upset at her.
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Is rape mentioned?
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It’s never explicitly referred to by the word, but Jem being groomed and therefore raped is discussed.
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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Is someone restrained?
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Jem, by the man who is grooming her, though she typically does not see it as such in the moment.
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There is statutory rape of a seventeen-year-old whose consent is sometimes dubious and sometimes enthusiastic.
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone burned alive?
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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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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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The father becomes unconscious as part of a suicide attempt.
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have 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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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Jem, a 17 year old (played by a 24 year old) is shown having sex twice(?) with an older man. She is not shown nude.
No graphic nudity, but in a shower scene, Jem is shown masturbating.
In the first ten minutes, she is given a sweater to “cover up” as her bra is slightly visible (this is portrayed as wrong).
While choreographing a dance, she is told to remove a twirl from it, as her long skirt spins with her and shows a bit of her leg (again, this is shown as wrong).
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Does a non-human character die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
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Jem’s father. We see him passed out on the floor.
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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No, but Jem’s father might not live long after the film.
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Does someone cheat?
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The man who grooms Jem is married.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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No, but Jem’s father might not live long after the film.
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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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Are there clowns?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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No graphic nudity, but Jem is briefly shown masturbating.
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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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Blang
Apparently it’s multiple times— anyone have time stamps?

“Someone vomits on the floor and passes out. We hear someone throw up into a toilet and complain of her ailment. Another kid, we hear, vomits off screen.“
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Does someone spit?
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Gum out.
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Is there audio gore?
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Vomiting sounds...
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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LGBTQ+
Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Jem’s father is in the hospital.
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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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 there misophonia?
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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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cherry
someone has to hide in a shower for hours. at one point, another character grabs and holds another character close, and the latter seems uncomfortable.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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fraisierdesbois
It's not confirmed
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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fraisierdesbois
There are several scenes film shot with a hand held camera. Not sure why people are voting "no"
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
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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Are there abortions?
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Does someone miscarry?
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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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just_here_for_the_cake
None, but it’s probably important to mention that a minor character is stated as having gone to conversion therapy prior to the film’s events.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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Relationships
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just_here_for_the_cake
Jem is 17 to Owen’s early 30s.
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Sex
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Two/three sex scenes, one and a half masturbation scenes.
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Are there nude scenes?
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Is there bestiality?
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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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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there fat suits?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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cherry
bittersweet; some concerning circumstances but also some elements of it are happy
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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
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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Some blood on Jem’s fingers after she loses her virginity.
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Does someone drown?
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Is there gun violence?
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