Children of a Lesser God

Continuity mistake: In the first class, when James introduces himself, Johnny (the unapproachable boy) is writing slowly in a large notebook. When we see him first there are only a few lines, but a moment later the page is already half full. James tells him to stop, and when Johnny opens the book again the page is almost full.



Continuity mistake: When the ferry with James lands the windshield wipers on his truck are positioned at an equal level. When we see the car going up the driveway to the school, one wiper is higher than the other, and when he arrives at the school they are at the same level again. (It goes without saying that it isn't raining and they aren't used.)



Continuity mistake: When James visits Sarah's mother they sit down in a corner part of the living room with three windows. When the camera is on her, we see a dull, built-up area in the window with no greenery, but when we see both of them there are big bushes outside all three windows. A similar inconsistency occurs when Sarah returns home, but then the built-up area is behind the other window.

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Continuity mistake: When Sarah and James make love he asks her to say his name. During the following argument her negligee changes from one with very thin straps to one with wider ones.



Continuity mistake: When James arrives at the school the main door is made of light wood and has a window with square panes on top. From inside the wood is much darker and the panes have a gothic shape.



Continuity mistake: When Sarah and James talk at the harbor the ships in the background appear and disappear.



Continuity mistake: When James comes to the island with the school for the deaf for the first time we see him approaching by ferry. There is a van at the front of the ferry that disappears in the next shot but is back when the ferry lands.



Continuity mistake: When James comes jogging to the beach he notices Sarah who is sitting on a spit with her back to the land. He keeps throwing stones into the sea, and a moment later Sarah is standing behind him, throwing stones too. There was not enough time for her to make it back.



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