We are discussing the end of Netflix film The Chalk Line, which will contain spoilers. So be warned. Major plot points ahead!
The chalk linethe spanish netflix film, follows a childless couple, Paula (Elena Anaya) and Simone (Pablo Molinero), as they find an adorable but frightened little blonde-haired girl walking down a desolate road at night. After nearly being run over by a man on a motorbike, they take the young girl to the hospital. From there she has dumbness and will only move by drawing and erasing paths (and redrawing) with a piece of white chalk. The child does not communicate with anyone. The hospital (for reasons that defy explanation) allows the girl to be taken home with the couple so she can feel comfortable with her surroundings. She hopes to open up and let authorities know who she is and where she is from.
As the story progresses, they discover that the girl’s name is Clara. (Only because the girl “reacts” to it in the hospital, though). Also, they find out that she speaks German. However, the paranoia builds around the girl. They think she smashes glass and puts the shards in jam jars to hurt people. She even “attacks” Paula with a kick. (It was really nothing more than a love shot of a push). There are concerns that Paula has lost her objectivity towards the girl, especially as she is undergoing IVF treatment to get pregnant. One day, Clara goes missing and they find evidence that she was near a swamp, and the police are currently looking for her body.
Paula finds a picture Clara drew of the window and the aquarium. When Paula looks up from the window, she sees her neighbor Eduardo watching her. Paula calls the police then rushes into Eduardo’s house. However, the film then flashes back to when Eduardo kidnapped Clara. He stops his car before reaching a police blockade, turns around and takes Clara out of the vehicle. He tells her to walk and follow the chalk line.
It is then that Paul and Simone find her. When the story unfolds, Eduardo attacks Paula when she is at home with a hatchet, stabs her with it, and she gets stuck in her right shoulder blade. He then drags her into a secret passage under the kitchen island which leads to an underground chamber under their house. A trail of blood follows.
It turns out that another missing person, Ingrid, was Clara’s mother. (Paula finds out when she steals files from the police and has the same “toys” Clara makes on a daily basis). Clara escapes and locks Eduardo up with Paula. She manages to shoot enough chalk to escape the house. Clara is brave enough to leave the house without having to scribble her escape, no longer afraid of the “monster” that will catch her if there is no chalk line to stop them.
Then it becomes clear that a good marriage is built on great compromises. As Clara yells at Simone from the outside and you can see him from the window on the phone with the police frantically searching for his wife, Eduardo’s wife Claudia walks by. At first we think she may be a worried mother and is there to help a scared little girl. However, it becomes clear that she knows her husband’s “hobby”, giving new meaning to the phrase men and their caves. She calms Clara down, hugs her, then picks her up forcefully and brings the little child home.
When Eduardo wakes up in the morning, Claudia tells Eduardo that for this he will fund his trips to see his boys and also provide the finances. He is no longer responsible for where she goes or for how long. He agree. However, after preparing her breakfast, Claudia is about to leave the house for the garden when she stops, frozen. We see Clara’s handprints come through the glass front door and a SWAT team enters the house. They demand that Eduardo tell them where “they” are.
The chalk line ending explained
At the beginning, we fear that there is a disaster ending for The chalk line as the police document the room with photos and collect evidence. There is no sign of Paula and Clara. However, the film ends with Clara and Paula FaceTiming on the computer. Clara looks happy and is back in Germany, living with her grandmother. When Paula gets up, we see that she is pregnant.
This is significant because the film’s central theme is that Paula is a childless mother. If you believe that good deeds go unpunished, The chalk line goes from gloomy to desperately optimistic since she is now going to have her own daughter. You will also notice that Clara is happy and smiling, which is essential for a girl of her age. If you watched the Netflix documentary Girl in the picture, psychologists note that the sign of an abused child is not the smile in the pictures. At End of The chalk lineClara is in a loving and supportive environment.
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