The Chalk Line, Ending Explained

The Chalk Line – one of the 2022 Halloween Season additions to Netflix’ library – is surprisingly a very refreshing film. Mixing terror and some psychological suspense in a very unexplored way for today’s standards, it truly keeps the viewer on the edge. Now if you really want to explore what was behind all the crimes that are knitted in this movie, don’t worry, we we’ll explain this movie and its ending in really good detail starting right now.

What is Paula injecting herself in the bathroom? Why doesn’t she want Simón to know?

Paula (Elena Anaya) injects herself with a hormonal treatment to be able to get pregnant. Paula does not want Simón (Pablo Molinero) to know that she is following this treatment, because for years they both underwent strong rounds of treatment to be able to conceive a child together, however, the stress and anxiety for the treatment to work caused strong conflicts in the couple, who finally decided to take a break before deciding whether or not they would try again.

Paula did not want to wait for the deadline to decide, and she took the risk of continuing with the treatment on her own, hiding from Simón, so as not to generate an additional conflict for not meeting the deadline.

Who are Clara’s parents? Did Eduardo kidnap her?

The plot of the film begins when Paula and her husband Simón find Clara (Eva Tennear). Clara is the daughter of Ingrid Morand and Eduardo Olivares (Carlos Santos), the neighbor and friend of Paula and Simón. And no, Eduardo did not kidnap Clara. Eduardo kidnapped Clara’s mother, Ingrid.

Who is Ingrid Morand?

Ingrid Morand was a teenager who spent vacations with her parents Klara and Christian Morand in Spain, in June 2011. There, in an oversight of her parents, she was kidnapped by Eduardo Olivares, who transported her to the outskirts of Madrid, where he not only kept her captive , but subjected her to cruel torture, sexual abuse, hunger and thirst. What Eduardo did not count on was that Ingrid was going to get pregnant, Eduardo allowed Ingrid to have her daughter, and to accompany her, not out of pity for her, but as one more way to control her.

However, shortly before the events with which the film begins, Ingrid dies in Eduardo’s basement, as a result of the terrible mistreatment to which he subjected her, and to a failure of her organs, specifically her kidneys. Clara remained alone in the basement.

Where did Eduardo leave Ingrid’s corpse?

Eduardo left Ingrid’s body in Bayonne, in France, so he had to have crossed the border with the body. Probably to prevent the local police from intervening, and to keep himself safe.

What was Eduardo doing in the basement?

With Ingrid, we already know that Eduardo subjected her to cruel treatment, including torture and sexual abuse. As for Clara, it is evident that she had a different approach. Basically, with Clara, he maintained a strict relationship of control, which when it failed, triggered strong physical punishment. According to the medical opinion, Clara indeed has serious physical problems, but she was not sexually abused.

Why can’t Clara get out of the chalk? How was she able to run away from the house?

Burrhus Frederick Skinner carried out experiments that proved that humans can also be operantly conditioned, in the same way that dogs sit or stand if they are given a kibble, and hear a whistle, or a code word. Eduardo surely did experiments to reach those results with Clara. The conditioning was simple, if she stayed inside the chalk she received rewards, if she got out,she suffered monstrous punishments.

Now, Eduardo knew very well how to get her out from the chalk without driving her mad, he would simply cover her eyes, thus mantaining the conditioning and taking her out without any problems. Paula herself did something similar when he took her to her house, using a blanket so she wouldn’t see.

Why did Clara have kidney problems?

As happened with her mother, the subjection to cruel treatment (blows, burns, and mechanical suffocation) takes the body to a critical limit that triggers a drop in blood pressure, which eventually triggers organ failure, where kidneys are the first to fail.

In Clara’s case, being so young and being exposed to Eduardo’s torture for so long, her body began to develop those problems. However, apparently, Clara’s problems were not irreversible, because shortly after she stayed with Paula and Simón, she began to improve remarkably.

Why did Eduardo leave Clara on the highway?

Eduardo left Clara on the highway because Clara was showing the same signs of kidney failure that took the life of her mother, Ingrid. Eduardo, knowing how much control he had over Clara, considered it convenient for the girl to receive medical help, without him being suspicious, so he organized everything about so someone would find her on the road. Surely Eduardo knew that Paula and Simón were crossing that point at that time and he tried to get someone he knew to find her to keep informed of her and eventually get the girl back. For her peace of mind, not only did she obtain information about Clara’s whereabouts, but Paula and Simón took her to live with him.

Did Maite betray Eduardo? Why didn’t she give him up when he was in the basement?

Maité betrayed Eduardo because basically it was the only way to get rid of his control and mistreatment, but even more so to protect her own children from their father’s cruelty. Now, the reason why Maite simply did not allow Eduardo to stay in the basement until the police arrived is that there had to be sufficient proof, through Eduardo, that he committed the crimes, and that the prosecution would be overwhelming.

What happened to Paula and Clara at the end?

At the end of the film we see that after Clara and Paula were rescued, Clara was taken with her grandmother Klara to Hamburg, Germany, where she was finally able to lead a normal life, physically healed and now clearly far from the trauma of her birth, and especially the chalk. Paula, despite having received a horrible wound to her collarbone, did not have fatal consequences to the point that she was finally able to get pregnant and start a new life in Madrid together with Simón.

Questions? Annotations? More doubts? The comments section is open just below this post so feel free to use it. See you in the next installment of Ending Explained here at El Sabanero X.

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