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* WomanInWhite: Annie often dresses in white and other light colors.

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* UselessBystanderParent: [[spoiler:Buddy calls out his mother for not stopping the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his father despite being aware of it.]]


* AWolfInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Wayne is revealed to be Jessica’s killer, but prior to Annie learning the truth he plays the role of the grieving fiancé well.]]

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* AWolfInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Wayne is revealed to be Jessica’s AssholeVictim: Jessica was an adulterer and [[spoiler:her last moments with her killer, but prior Wayne, has her being an asshole to Annie learning the truth he plays the role of the grieving fiancé well.]]him. She still didn't deserved to be murdered in such a horrendous way]].



* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Buddy is so kind and loyal to Annie because the latter has treated him with more kindness and compassion than many of the townsfolk have.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The real killer, Wayne, is caught. Annie learns that Buddy killed himself but she did have one last conversation with his spirit, who appeared at peace. It's unknown what became of Donnie and Valerie's marriage. However, Annie takes her boys to their father's grave, implying she's ready to move on]].



* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler:Buddy does this in the most extreme way imaginable -- he sets his father in flames because the latter sexually abused him and also angrily yells at his mother for knowing about the abuse but not stopping it]].



* DeadGuyJunior: Ben is named after his deceased father.
* DisappearedDad: Ben Sr. to his and Annie's sons, as he's already dead by the beginning.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Early into Jessica’s disappearance, Annie has a vision of a pond with white lilies growing nearby which is where Jessica was found dead. Lilies, especially white ones, are often a symbol of death and are often displayed at funerals.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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[[spoiler: Early into Jessica’s disappearance, Annie has a vision of a pond with white lilies growing nearby which is where Jessica was found dead. Lilies, especially white ones, are often a symbol of death and are often displayed at funerals.]]]]
** Buddy, while protecting Miller from Donnie, frantically yells at the latter older man to pull the gun at his head and kill him. [[spoiler:Near the end, Annie learns that Buddy killed himself]].



* JerkassHasAPoint: Donnie is ''not'' a saint. He's an abusive husband, threatens women and children, and is all around jerk. However, [[spoiler: he turns out to be right about him being set up for Jessica's murder.]]



* TheLostLenore: Annie is still grieving her husband's death, especially because of the guilt she feels for not having prevent it sooner.



* MamaBear: Annie threatens to kill Donnie if he threatened her boys.



* OnlyFriend: Buddy specifically refers to Annie as this to him.



* PapaWolf: Mr. King went to great lengths to find his daughter when she went missing.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Donnie is not only an abusive husband but also anti-semitic and racist.



* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:Buddy was sexually abused by his father]].



* StrugglingSingleMother: A downplayed version. Annie makes a nice income and has some help looking after her sons, but is still grieving their father's death and must deal with her eldest son acting out.



* UnkemptBeauty: Annie

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* UnkemptBeauty: Annie Annie.



* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Wayne may been Jessica's murderer and framed Donnie, but he wasn't wrong in his suggestion that Annie get her son counseling, as he's clearly going through trauma over his father's death]].



* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Donnie had given Annie nothing but grief -- harassing both her and her sons as well as being a jerk in general. [[spoiler:So, when she discovers that he's not Jessica's killer, she decides to find out who the real killer is. She makes no secret of her dislike of the man, but also can't let an innocent man be imprisoned.]]



* AWolfInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Wayne is revealed to be Jessica’s killer, but prior to Annie learning the truth he plays the role of the grieving fiancé well.]]



* WouldHurtAChild: Played with. Donnie is not above threatening children.

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* WouldHitAGirl: Donnie will hit his wife, Annie in the stomach, or his girlfriend.
* WouldHurtAChild: Played with. Donnie is not above threatening children.

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* MonochromeCasting: Pretty much everyone who appears on screen is white.


* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Abusive cheater Donnie is played by amiable Keanu Reeves.



* ParentsAsPeople: Annie won’t let her oldest son, Mike, go to counseling to process his fathers death after Wayne suggests it. When Mike tries to bring him up in conversation, Annie clams up and won’t hear a word of it.

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* ParentsAsPeople: Annie won’t let her oldest son, Mike, go to counseling to process his fathers death after Wayne suggests it. When Mike tries to bring him up in conversation, Annie clams up and won’t hear a word of it. She does take him and his brothers to visit their fathers grave though.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Played with. The police are adept at solving Jessica’s disappearance (albeit with Annie’s help), but when Donnie breaks into Annie’s home and vandalizes the inside, the authorities barely do a thing.


* SweetTooth: A brief scene shows Annie’s youngest son as this, having eaten the chocolate frosting she was planning to use for a cake.

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* SweetTooth: A brief scene shows Annie’s youngest son Ben as this, having eaten the chocolate frosting she Annie was planning to use for a cake.


* OddNameOut: Of Annie’s children: Mike, Miller, and Ben, Ben is the only one of his siblings who doesn’t have an “M” name.



* ParentsAsPeople: Annie won’t let her oldest child go to counseling to process his fathers death after Wayne suggests it. When the same child tries to bring him up in conversation, Annie clams up and won’t hear a word of it.

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* ParentsAsPeople: Annie won’t let her oldest child son, Mike, go to counseling to process his fathers death after Wayne suggests it. When the same child Mike tries to bring him up in conversation, Annie clams up and won’t hear a word of it.


* GoodParents: Annie is shown to be a good mother to her boys. Her late husband is implied to be this as well.


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* ParentsAsPeople: Annie won’t let her oldest child go to counseling to process his fathers death after Wayne suggests it. When the same child tries to bring him up in conversation, Annie clams up and won’t hear a word of it.


* ParentsAsPeople: Annie won’t let her oldest child go to counseling to process his fathers death after Wayne suggests it. When the same child tries to bring him up in conversation, Annie clams up and won’t hear a word of it.

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* ParentsAsPeople: Annie won’t let her oldest child go to counseling to process his fathers death after Wayne suggests it. When the same child tries to bring him up in conversation, Annie clams up and won’t hear a word of it.


* ShownTheirWork: In preparation for her role as Annie, Cate Blanchett visited five different psychics in one week. Keanu Reeves and Hillary Swank (who play Donnie and Valerie respectively) also visited local abuse counselors to better understand why men abuse their wives and why women stay with abusive spouses.

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* ShownTheirWork: In preparation for her role as Annie, Cate Blanchett visited five different psychics in one week. Keanu Reeves and Hillary Hilary Swank (who play Donnie and Valerie respectively) also visited local abuse counselors to better understand why men abuse their wives and why women stay with abusive spouses.


* ShownTheirWork: In preparation for her role as Annie, Cate Blanchett visited five different psychics in one week. Keanu Reeves and Hillary Swank who play Donnie and Valerie respectively both visited local abuse counselors to better understand why men abuse their wives and why women stay with abusive spouses.

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* ShownTheirWork: In preparation for her role as Annie, Cate Blanchett visited five different psychics in one week. Keanu Reeves and Hillary Swank who (who play Donnie and Valerie respectively both respectively) also visited local abuse counselors to better understand why men abuse their wives and why women stay with abusive spouses.

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* ShownTheirWork: In preparation for her role as Annie, Cate Blanchett visited five different psychics in one week. Keanu Reeves and Hillary Swank who play Donnie and Valerie respectively both visited local abuse counselors to better understand why men abuse their wives and why women stay with abusive spouses.


* TheAllegedCar: Annie is often seen driving a Delta 88 Oldsmobile.

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