* HarsherInHindsight: The conclusion reached at the end of the film, that [[spoiler:the children were the ones committing the crimes]], is eerily reminiscent of a horrifying murder case that happened in Israel only a year later: [[spoiler:a girl named Tair Rada was brutally murdered in her school’s bathroom, and the janitor, Roman Zadorov, was convicted based on shoddy police work, relying on refuted evidence and a confession from the alleged perpetrator who spoke poor Hebrew; later evidence surfaced suggesting even more strongly that he was innocent, and it was probably her schoolmates who had murdered her, but the Supreme Court denied his appeal]].
* MoralEventHorizon: The Pastor's publicly berating his daughter in front of her class. It leads to her taking revenge against his humiliating authoritarianism [[spoiler: by stabbing her father's pet bird to death.]]
* TheWoobie: Most of the children in the village, particularly the midwife’s mentally handicapped son, [[spoiler:who gets attacked and mutilated by whoever is committing the crimes]].
** To say nothing of the fact that he may very well [[spoiler:end up being murdered during Aktion [=T4=]]].