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The video game

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Just what exactly is 'Anna'... and is she actually good or evil? Take your pick:
    • She is the evil Lovercraftian Elder Goddess
    • She is the ancient Mother Goddess who was deposed with the beginning of patriarchy and is now taking revenge (the protagonist's journal kinda sorta hints at this possibility)
    • "The Whole Truth" ending makes things even more convoluted: is Anna one of Angra Mainyu's forms? Is she his servant/spouse/daughter? Is she actually the good Ahura Mazda to Angra Mainyu's evil?
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    • What is the meaning of the words "Sorry, I couldn't save you?"
  • Awesome Music: Say whatever you want about the game, but the soundtrack is great.
  • Epileptic Trees: Since the backstory of the game is not very clear, the players have nothing to do but make their own suggestions.
  • Guide Dang It!: The most common criticism is that the game's puzzles are difficult to figure out.
  • Reality Subtext: One of the questions at the FAQ page is whether the game is related with the Cogne homicide. Without spoiling anything, let's just say there is a reason why this is a FAQ.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Even after you get all three endings, you'll have a hard time figuring the story. The two most common interpretations are: Anna is the villain who seduced the protagonist into killing his family, and has probably done so to lots of other men in the past; or the protagonist is the villain who became possessive of Anna and killed children to prevent her from leaving.
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The movie

  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Although the viewer feels for Anna most of the time, the sheer callousness with which she treats Maude seriously detracts from her likeability. Maude fell for Anna the moment she first laid eyes on her, and they spent well over a year in a relationship that Maude obviously considered very serious, but to Anna she was never more than a tool, and she simply disappears from the story before the big showdown in the finale.
  • What an Idiot!: Anna, for falling for the "the gun you've been provided isn't loaded" trick not once but twice. You'd think that after the first time she'd have learned to check her equipment before going in.
  • The Woobie: Maude.
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