This question is about the movie "Marrowbone" (2017) (orig.: "El secreto de Marrowbone") by Sergio Sánchez.

Almost at the end of the movie, the lawyer Tom is at the attic and searches for money. He is removing a blanket and finds the mummies of the three younger Marrowbone siblings arranged side by side.

My question is: who arranged them and put the blanket there?

I see two options, but I find neither of them completely satisfying for the following reasons:

Option 1:

This was done by the father - he had the opportunity.


He is portrayed as merciless, cruel and monstrous. However, the arrangement of the bodies and covering them appears to me like a very simple "funeral" - something that would be done by a caring and emphatic person. This is nothing I would expect from him - while eating/cannibalising (parts of) them them would fit to his character and his situation (why catching doves when you have human bodies around?!).

Option 2:

Jack arranged and "buried" them under the blanket - he would care enough to do something like that.


  1. He would have had to deal (fight) with his father again to do so and survive this without killing him.
  2. He would have had to deal with reality and the dead of his siblings. However, the point of the story is that he completely denies their dead.

What am I missing?

  • I did read the help page about spoliers. However, my question is about a crucial plot twist, so I wasn't sure whether to hide them or not and wanted to stay on the "save side" (hiding it). It's may first question here - please be indulgent :) - any hints are appreciated.
    – Arsak
    Sep 20 '18 at 18:55
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    Don't worry, to this extent they're an absolute hindrance to readability and understandability, so I removed them. Staying on the "save side" means avoiding spoilers in the question title, which you did. People reading your question (and even more so the answers) know what they're getting themselves into.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Sep 20 '18 at 20:35
  • @NapoleonWilson Thank you for the feedback and the edit. I just noticed that the "All Questions"-page shows not only the question title, but also the first lines. Is there a policy here how to deal with potential spoilers in that preview? Only found this answer but it wasn't upvoted a lot.
    – Arsak
    Sep 20 '18 at 20:45
  • Not really. I guess people stop reading at "...end of the movie "Marrowbone"" anyway. We can't really protect people from their own curiosity and maneuvering around these things can get tedious and detrimental to information and readbility. You can beat around the bush in the first sentence if you're really concerned about that preview, but you don't have to.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Sep 20 '18 at 20:48

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