A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Protect and look out for children in need. Keep an eye out for creepy neighbors.
Positive Role Models
Paula is determined and brave. She perseveres through a lot so that Clara can be safe.
All characters are Spanish. The main character is a woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Some strong violence, gore, and body horror. A man stabs and hits a woman with the claw side of a hammer, and it goes deep into her shoulder and neck area. He then brutally pulls out the hammer. The man proceeds to tie the woman up, beat her, and chain her to a post. He also chokes her many times. A woman kidnaps a little girl. Many photographs of brutalized, bloody, and dead children are shown. In reports, the words, "child abuse, abduction and rape trauma, and sexual assault" are highlighted. A man has a child locked in a basement, and he's presumably sexually abusing her. Different women twice eat food with hidden glass shards that make their mouths and throats bloody. They cough up blood and pick out glass from their mouths. A motorcyclist crashes and skids along the ground.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adult romantic relationships are discussed. Having children, trying to have children, and pregnancy difficulties are talked about. A woman is shown in her underwear briefly. Some romantic cuddling and kissing.
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A few instances of "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," and "balls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine and other alcoholic beverages over dinner. With a needle, a woman injects herself with fertility drugs many times.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Chalk Line is a Spanish thriller about a mysterious girl found in the middle of the road. With no identification, no ability (it seems) to speak, and no way to find out who she is or what happened to her, a concerned couple decides to take her in. Eventually, some tough-to-stomach answers surface, all of which has to do with child abduction, child abuse, sexual violence, and child sexual assault. In one scene, many photographs are shown of brutalized, sexually assaulted, and murdered children. The mysterious girl is also presumably being sexually assaulted throughout the film by a man. Expect moments of brutality, gore, body horror, injury detail, bloody injuries, and many references to child abuse. Sexual content is minimal, some references to adult romantic relationships not working out and fertility problems. Some romantic cuddling and kissing. Strong language includes a few instances of "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," and "balls." Adults also casually drink wine and beer. A woman injects herself with fertility treatments. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This disturbing drama is strongly acted, pieced together well, and thrilling to the end. However, a few small issues keep The Chalk Line from being great. While the film starts off great, with an eerie score, an ominous tone, and a mystery, by the time the first big reveal happens, it feels like another film takes over. Ultimately, the first big reveal establishes exactly what kind of film this is, while the first half of the film holds this question open, decidedly, because doing so greatly increases the mystery of the little girl (and what's going on with her). And once the second half gets going, the pace quickens, and more of the thrills build until the villain is inevitably caught.
Also, some viewers may take issue with some of the graphic imagery that shows the brutalized, sexually assaulted, and murdered bodies of children, with lots of commentary and references to child abuse, child rape, sexual assault, trauma, body horror, injury detail, and horrific threat involved situations. Some viewers may feel that this film takes presenting reality too far. Other viewers may find that it makes for a more effective and emotionally effective thriller.
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