What does Anna mean when she says that she lost her whistle 133 days ago in Prisoners? It just seems too specific coming from a child. And what does Mrs. Dover whisper to everyone right after it?


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Sorry if this is a partial answer (I'll delete it if you think it's not up to standard), but for what it's worth, the script eludicates what Grace said:

ANNA: The emergency whistle Daddy gave me. I lost it... (thinking) Hundred and thirty-three days ago.

GRACE: She’s just like her father.

So Anna remembering the exact day is supposed to demonstrate her similarity to her father. However, I'm not quite sure how. Maybe because he's good with numbers as a carpenter? Has a good memory? Notes certain things others don't or can't let them go? (Then again, I don't remember much of this film, so maybe commenters can enlighten me on how this is also one of Keller's character traits.)

  • I agree with this. Its part of her characterization. Keller is a very prepared and precise individual and it would make sense that he would have a child with some similar traits.
    – sanpaco
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 19:41
  • Yeah. This might as well be the correct explanation. Makes sense. Thanks @Walt
    – Haris
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 15:37
  • I just thought of something else too. The loss of her whistle might have meant to serve as a foreshadow of Keller losing Anna. Maybe I'm overthinking it though.
    – sanpaco
    Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 22:35
  • Her mom says "she's just like her father" because the daughter's mention of the exact number of days suggests she has inherited her dad's anxious and obsessive-compulsive nature (evidenced by his survivalist fears and the organization of his basement).
    – Shiz Z.
    Commented Dec 24, 2016 at 15:47

I found this answer on Yahoo:

Q 1. Why was there (coincidentally) a whistle down under the trans am? Did Anna drop it there "133 days" ago?

A 1. The girls were initially kept in that hole in the ground under the Trans-Am while the police searched the aunt's house for the girls. Anna must have dropped her pink whistle there. Her mother later bought her a new red whistle to replace the one lost. Joy and Anna had made it to Anna's house and Joy had found the first whistle so the girls were abducted on route back to the Birch's house.

My guess is that at some point, as most prisoners do, she began counting days in captivity.

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    No. You didn't understand. She said that she lost her whistle before the kidnapping, during the Thanksgiving dinner.
    – Haris
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 15:17

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