History Film / TheVillage

24th Apr '16 10:38:07 AM Silverblade2
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* BittersweetEnding [=/=] DownerEnding: The movie definitely doesn't end on a happy note. On one hand, [[spoiler: Ivy made it back to the towns and Lucius will be saved from his grave injuries]]. On the other, [[spoiler: it is revealed that the elders are leading the villagers to live a life of lie based on their own loss of faith to modern society]]. Whether or not [[spoiler: the park ranger being aware of the HiddenElfVillage's existence]] is a good thing is also up for debate.

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* BittersweetEnding [=/=] DownerEnding: BittersweetEnding: The movie definitely doesn't end on a happy note. On one hand, [[spoiler: Ivy made it back to the towns and Lucius will be saved from his grave injuries]]. On the other, [[spoiler: it is revealed that the elders are leading the villagers to live a life of lie based on their own loss of faith to modern society]]. Whether or not [[spoiler: the park ranger being aware of the HiddenElfVillage's existence]] is a good thing is also up for debate.
25th Mar '16 1:29:13 PM stuffedninja
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Like most of Shyamalan's movies, the film has a TwistEnding.

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Like most of Shyamalan's movies, the film has a TwistEnding.
TwistEnding, and a [[BrokenBase quite controversial one]] at that; the ending garnered so many split reactions that it's the reason why this movie is widely seen as the start of Shyamalan's fall from grace.
17th Feb '16 7:57:52 PM cheedo
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* AnswerCut: Kitty Walker professes her all-enveloping love to Lucius Hunt, asking him if he reciprocates. Cut to Kitty crying her eyes out as her mother comforts her.

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* AnswerCut: Kitty Walker professes her all-enveloping love to Lucius Hunt, asking him if he reciprocates. Cut to Kitty crying her eyes out as her mother her sister comforts her.



** Ivy is outside trying to find Noah during a game of hide and seek, with a major rule being that neither can hide indoors. She has a conversation and a walk with Lucius, who takes her back to her house. She is asked by her mother to fetch a blanket, and does  only since she is blind, she can't see Noah standing in the closet.

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** Ivy is outside trying to find Noah during a game of hide and seek, with a major rule being that neither can hide indoors. She has a conversation and a walk with Lucius, who takes her back to her house. She is asked by her mother Kitty to fetch a blanket, and does  only since she is blind, she can't see Noah standing in the closet.



* DisappearedDad: Lucius' father is said to have passed way when he was young. [[spoiler: He was killed by a mugger on the way home from the grocery store apparently.]]

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* DisappearedDad: Lucius' father is said to have passed way away when he was young. [[spoiler: He was killed by a mugger on the way home from the grocery store apparently.]]


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* HeroesWantRedheads: Lucius loves ginger-haired Ivy as much as she loves him.


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** To a much lesser extent with Edward, who is married to Tabitha but secretly loves Lucius' mother, Alice.
25th Jan '16 1:57:02 PM shakma
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** Subverted by Kitty, who just spits out her declaration of love.

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** Subverted Averted by Kitty, who just spits out her declaration of love.
25th Jan '16 1:35:30 PM shakma
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* CanNotSpitItOut:
** Lucius has the hardest time sharing his feelings for Ivy.
** Subverted by Kitty, who just spits out her declaration of love.
22nd Dec '15 6:07:10 AM falcon2484
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** And the earlier reveal: [[spoiler: "Those We Don't Speak Of" don't actually exist.]]
2nd Nov '15 9:15:16 AM FF32
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* Foreshadowing: Alice describes the black boxes that each of the village elders own as something that "the evil things from [her] past are kept close and not forgotten."

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: Alice describes the black boxes that each of the village elders own as something that "the evil things from [her] past are kept close and not forgotten."
13th Aug '15 11:57:28 AM madius
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* SecretlyWealthy: [[spoiler: Implied with Edward Walker. It's his name on the huge nature preserve that the village is situated in, and he seems to have some political clout for him to be able to get a no-fly zone implemented for that area. At one point Edward talks of his brother's talent for making money, and a newspaper in the black box reads "Billionaire Walker Shot to Death", so he very much inherited his wealth from his death.]]

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* SecretlyWealthy: [[spoiler: Implied with Edward Walker. It's his name on the huge nature preserve that the village is situated in, and he seems to have some political clout for him to be able to get a no-fly zone implemented for that area. At one point Edward talks of his brother's talent for making money, and a newspaper in the black box reads "Billionaire Walker Shot to Death", Death" revealing his father died, so he very much inherited his wealth from his death.and the clout associated with it.]]
13th Aug '15 11:56:13 AM madius
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A [[MysteryFiction Mystery]] and {{Thriller}} film by Creator/MNightShyamalan set in a turn-of-the-century village in Pennsylvania. The villagers believe that the woods surrounding their hamlet are inhabited by fell supernatural creatures, and fear to venture [[TheOutsideWorld outside]].

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A [[MysteryFiction Mystery]] and {{Thriller}} film by Creator/MNightShyamalan set in a turn-of-the-century village in Pennsylvania. The villagers believe that the woods surrounding their hamlet are inhabited by fell supernatural creatures, and fear to venture [[TheOutsideWorld outside]].
outside]]. As an incident leads the creatures to begin antagonizing the villagers; one person must leave the confines of the village in order to gather medicine.



Rumors exist that it was partially inspired by a YoungAdult novel called ''Literature/RunningOutOfTime''.

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Rumors exist that it was partially inspired by a YoungAdult novel called ''Literature/RunningOutOfTime''.
''Literature/RunningOutOfTime'' (note: reading the summary on that page will spoil this film.)



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: While Shyamalan attempts to explain the biggest PlotHole in the premise by saying the Village is under a no fly zone, he also makes it clear that the Village is in Pennsylvania. Given that all air traffic must cross just to enter or leave New York State or New England without entering Canadian airspace (or the slim strip of New Jersey), with 20 years' time and the relative size of Pennsylvania, it's virtually impossible that off-course or unchartered flights wouldn't be a regular problem. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot If anything, the public explanation for the no fly zone would have actually made it a popular spot for smugglers.]]

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* AnswerCut: Kitty Walker professes her all-enveloping love to Lucius Hunt, asking him if he reciprocates. Cut to Kitty crying her eyes out as her mother comforts her.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: While Shyamalan attempts to explain the biggest PlotHole in the premise by saying the that [[spoiler:the Village is under a no fly zone, he also makes it clear that the Village is in Pennsylvania. Given that all air traffic must cross just to enter or leave New York State or New England without entering Canadian airspace (or the slim strip of New Jersey), with 20 years' time and the relative size of Pennsylvania, it's virtually impossible that off-course or unchartered flights wouldn't be a regular problem. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot If anything, the public explanation for the no fly zone would have actually made it a popular spot for smugglers.]]]]]]



* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: The movie definitely doesn't end on a happy note. On one hand, [[spoiler: Ivy made it back to the towns and Lucius will be saved from his grave injuries]]. On the other, [[spoiler: it is revealed that the elders are leading the villagers to live a life of lie based on their own loss of faith to modern society]]. Whether or not [[spoiler: the park ranger being aware of the HiddenElfVillage's existence]] is a good thing is also up for debate.
* BrokenAesop: On Edward Walker's part, if not the M. Night Shyamalan's. His idea seems to be, roughly, that [[spoiler: going back to a rural life style c. 1800s will protect their children from the violence their families experienced in the cities. As the film makes plain, though, violence is not absent even in rural, simple communities, and retreating to such a past makes formerly treatable injuries life-threatening. Worse, it requires them to lie and terrorize their children]].

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* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: BehindTheBlack: When Lucius steps out of the boundaries of the village, he comes across a bush of red berries. As he gazes to his right, the camera follows, revealing a creature just barely able to stay off screen. The next shot is from behind Lucius, as he calmly turns around and walks off, with no sign of any presence other than his.
* BittersweetEnding [=/=] DownerEnding:
The movie definitely doesn't end on a happy note. On one hand, [[spoiler: Ivy made it back to the towns and Lucius will be saved from his grave injuries]]. On the other, [[spoiler: it is revealed that the elders are leading the villagers to live a life of lie based on their own loss of faith to modern society]]. Whether or not [[spoiler: the park ranger being aware of the HiddenElfVillage's existence]] is a good thing is also up for debate.
* BrickJoke:
** Ivy is outside trying to find Noah during a game of hide and seek, with a major rule being that neither can hide indoors. She has a conversation and a walk with Lucius, who takes her back to her house. She is asked by her mother to fetch a blanket, and does  only since she is blind, she can't see Noah standing in the closet.
** Christop Crane is said to not sit down because he doesn't like wrinkling his shirts. When at a wedding reception later on, Kitty receives a rather large hug beside him, prompting him to express discomfort over getting his shirt wrinkled by a similar hug.
* BrokenAesop: On Edward Walker's part, if not the M. Night Shyamalan's. His idea seems to be, roughly, that [[spoiler: going back to a rural life style c. 1800s will protect their children from the violence their families experienced in the cities. As the film makes plain, though, violence is not absent even in rural, simple communities, and retreating to such a past makes formerly treatable injuries life-threatening. Worse, it requires them to lie and terrorize their children]].



* CityInABottle

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* CityInABottleCityInABottle: The Villagers are beginning to believe this, as the woods that surround their hamlet are surrounded by supernatural creatures. [[spoiler: The Reveal shows that they're actually isolated from the rest of modern America.]]



* DaylightHorror: One of "Those We Don't Speak Of" appears in front of Ivy in the woods.



* DisabledLoveInterest: Ivy.

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* DisabledLoveInterest: Ivy.Ivy is blind. The man who loves her, Noah, is developmentally handicapped.



* EarthAllAlong: [[spoiler: The film is set in the modern day, in a HiddenElfVillage.]]

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* EarthAllAlong: [[spoiler: The film is set in the modern day, in a HiddenElfVillage.HiddenElfVillage, tucked inside a "wildlife preserve".]]



* EngineeredPublicConfession: Played with. After Lucius walks into the woods, the creatures arrive at night and mark all the doors with red paint. The next morning, the elders read a letter that signed from Lucius that he is the one that caused the incident. Lucius is only seen crying in shame, which is taken as an admission of guilt. [[spoiler: Considering the twist ending though, it's probable that the elders planted the letter, seeing as they masquerade as "Those Who We Not Speak Of" and were monitoring his desires to leave the village closely.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Invoked. Lucius believes that he, being pure, can travel into the woods. He reaches this conclusion because Noah, who has an [[AmbiguousDisorder developmental and learning disability]], shows proof that he has gone beyond the border and come back unharmed. Another character agrees that Ivy will be safer in the woods than he, as she is blind and the creatures will take pity on her.



* Foreshadowing: Alice describes the black boxes that each of the village elders own as something that "the evil things from [her] past are kept close and not forgotten."
** The CrypticConversations following Lucius' stabbing, including, "if there were no limitations, what could there be done?"; the elders' Oath; and the emphasis on who "you" is.



* HiddenElfVillage: Purposefully created in a "wildlife sanctuary".

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* HiddenElfVillage: Purposefully created in Not only are the creatures that surround the Village malevolent, but the neighbouring towns are full of bandits. Alice even tells her son Lucius, who is trying to travel to a "wildlife sanctuary".different village, that his father's body washed down the river after two days of being outside of the Village's borders.



* NightmareFuel: "Those who don't speak of" are treated as such InUniverse, [[spoiler: just like the elders wanted]].

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* NightmareFuel: "Those who don't speak of" Who Don't Speak Of" are treated as such InUniverse, [[spoiler: just like the elders wanted]].



* ThePowerOfLove: Why Edward believes Ivy will survive the trip into the woods.
--> '''Edward:''': "The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe."



* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: "Those we don't speak of" are clad in red cloaks with some black accents along with brown beast-looking features. [[spoiler: They're costumes.]] Likewise, red is considered a bad color.

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* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: "Those we don't speak of" We Don't Speak Of" are clad in red cloaks with some black accents along with brown beast-looking features. [[spoiler: They're costumes.]] Likewise, red is considered a bad color.color.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The Elders are so concerned about the village's innocence and purity because they have all been traumatized by modern society and believe that returning to an 1800s style of living will protect them and remove any further personal harm or grief.]]



* SceneryPorn
* ScoobyDooHoax: "Those we don't speak of."
* SecretlyWealthy: [[spoiler: Implied with Edward Walker. It's his name on the huge nature preserve that the village is situated in, and he seems to have some political clout for him to be able to get a no-fly zone implemented for that area. At one point Edward talks of his brother's talent for making money, so he likely inherited his wealth.]]

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* SceneryPorn
SceneryPorn: Like much of Shyamalan's work, the cinematography is on point and showcases the idyllic Village gracefully.
* ScoobyDooHoax: [[spoiler: "Those we don't speak of."
We Don't Speak Of."]]
* SecretlyWealthy: [[spoiler: Implied with Edward Walker. It's his name on the huge nature preserve that the village is situated in, and he seems to have some political clout for him to be able to get a no-fly zone implemented for that area. At one point Edward talks of his brother's talent for making money, and a newspaper in the black box reads "Billionaire Walker Shot to Death", so he likely very much inherited his wealth.wealth from his death.]]



* TomatoSurprise

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* TomatoSurpriseTomatoSurprise: [[spoiler: Edward reveals to Ivy that Those We Don't Speak Of are actually costumes worn by the Elders, and that the rituals surrounding them are equally farcical, as a measure of control so that no-one leaves the town.]]



* TheTropeWithoutATitle: "Those we don't speak of."

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* TheTropeWithoutATitle: "Those we don't speak of.We Don't Speak Of."



* WasItReallyWorthIt: [[spoiler: The elders end up asking themselves this in the end; despite the sacrifices they both made and forced on their children (Ivy's blindness was ''stated'' to have been preventable in a modern hospital), and successfully isolating themselves from the outside world, violence sprang up in their pacifist community anyway due to Noah's mental illness. They can blame Noah's death on "Those we don't speak of" to cement the ruse, but how long can it really last? Given the interest of the guards at the end of the film, sooner or later ''someone'' is going to stumble upon it from the outside]].

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* WasItReallyWorthIt: [[spoiler: The elders end up asking themselves this in the end; despite the sacrifices they both made and forced on their children (Ivy's blindness was ''stated'' to have been preventable in a modern hospital), and successfully isolating themselves from the outside world, violence sprang up in their pacifist community anyway due to Noah's mental illness. They can blame Noah's death on "Those we don't speak of" We Don't Speak Off" to cement the ruse, but how long can it really last? Given the interest of the guards at the end of the film, sooner or later ''someone'' is going to stumble upon it from the outside]].
28th Jul '15 10:50:05 PM Silverblade2
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Like most of Shyamalan's movies, the film has a TwistEnding. It was not as well-received as his previous films and is considered by some to be the point his movies started going downhill. Still, it has a devoted fanbase, and it is quite possible it may become a CultClassic.

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Like most of Shyamalan's movies, the film has a TwistEnding. It was not as well-received as his previous films and is considered by some to be the point his movies started going downhill. Still, it has a devoted fanbase, and it is quite possible it may become a CultClassic.
TwistEnding.
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