‘The Well’: Understand the end of Netflix’s new thriller

the meaning of the end of the movie the well of netflix

(), new psychological suspense of Netflix, barely reached the platform and is already a real success. It is the most watched movie, followed by. However, many did not understand the disturbing ending of.

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In the film, in a vertical prison system, distributed in levels, there is a platform that descends once a day with a large banquet. Food is available for 2 minutes on each level before moving on to the next.

If the two residents at each level ate only enough, there would be enough for everyone. Unfortunately, the greed of those at the first levels prevails, leaving for those at the lowest levels, only the remains or nothing.

In addition, once a month, prisoners are changed at random, meaning that those below can go up and take revenge on those who previously let them starve to death.

The central conflict of is a man’s struggle, Goreng (Iván Massagué), who entered the prison voluntarily, with the goal of staying for six months, to stop smoking, earn a certificate and, finally, read.

Goreng must fight to survive and maintain his sanity, while trying to make changes within that uneven system.

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Explanation of end of

There are many interpretations to the end of, which can involve society, politics and religion. In all of them it is possible to see, in the hardest way, how far the human being can go. How man seeks to survive at any cost, forgetting the next.

When the platform reaches the (unexpected) last level, 333, there is a hidden child. The characters Goreng and Baharat (Emilio Buale Coka) descend from the platform to help her and the platform goes up without them.

Trapped at that level, they give the child panna cotta (which would be given to administrators as a sign of mission accomplished) to eat.

Baharat, then, concludes that that child is the message, the purpose. Goreng falls asleep and, when he wakes up, finds Baharat apparently dead. When the platform arrives the next day, Goreng enters with the child.

The platform then descends further, where Goreng has a conversation (or is it a dream?) With Trimagasi (Zorion Eguileor). He tells Goreng that his journey is over, because he is not the message. Goreng agrees and leaves the platform to join Trimagasi. The child thus climbs to the top of the platform.

There is a perfect relationship between the plot of the film and the economic systems. If prisoners agreed to consume only what was necessary, no one would go hungry. But what happens is the opposite of this. A criticism of capitalism, marked by social inequality, can be understood from that.

But at a certain point, when Goreng and Baharat decide to forcibly distribute food rations, thinking of the needy at the lowest levels of the well, the journey is made with extreme violence, and the two end up killing almost half of all members of the well, level by level, to preserve food – a criticism of the system communist, historically marked by a lot of violence, can also be understood from this. But the film goes far beyond simply criticizing the world’s economic systems.

The metaphor that no one has yet understood

it is a complex film and full of analogies. For these reasons, it may be that you have not understood the message of the film, or have missed some information that compromises the understanding of the work completely.

Then, the time has come to analyze the film as a whole, the narrative, the elements, the analogies and translate the whole story for you. Come on…

the meaning of the end of the movie the well of netflix

Right in the first scene of the film, we came across the following sentence: “There are 3 types of people. The top, the bottom and the ones that fall. ” This sentence already says a lot about the film and summarizes the first problem presented by him: the social paradox that permeates the lives of all people, in different societies – from how to face extreme poverty to dealing with endless luxury-, and the social abyss that these conditions cause, in addition to how people deal with their individuality (personal interests) and the whole (collective interests).

The second problem takes shape when in the initial sequence a beautiful and luxurious kitchen is presented, with all dressed in white, white lamps, plenty of food and an atmosphere of superorganization. This place represents the sky, which in the course of the film we will see that it is represented by floor 0 of Vertical Self-Management Center, better known as a well. The well, in turn, represents human life as a whole and its religious beliefs, where there is heaven and hell, good and bad people, different social classes and more. It is in this concept of well that the second problematic of the film appears: how the individual seeks his own evolution within this system that is the world so that, at the end of your life, you have become a better person than you entered, traveling this long way.

To tell this story, the film reinterprets the BHAGAVAD GITA – one of the Bibles of Hinduism, which tells the story of the conversation of Arjuna (a human in search of evolution), with Krishna (God), who presents himself in different forms along Arjuna’s path to his own inner warfare of his “spiritual x material I” – in the film, the evolving being is represented by the protagonist Goreng, and Krishna appearing as his different cellmates, Trimagasi, Imoguiri and finally Baharat.

When Goreng wakes up at level 48, a medium level, where there is some kind of food and lucidity, his cellmate is Trimagasi, an old radical, extremely objective, free from feelings, sensations and regrets. Very attached to materialism, Trimagasi eats a lot and doesn’t care about other individuals at the well. Trimagasi represents Goreng’s material / rational side that needs to be overcome in order for him to move to another level. This profile is consolidated when he presents the element he chose to take to the well, his extremely sharp knife. Another element of the film that confirms the theory that Goreng is at the well in search of evolution is that he takes the book, a work that illustrates the search between reason and emotion.

Still at the level of Reason, Goreng understands that at the upper levels of the Well people do not have many things to worry about, so they end up thinking a lot and some even commit suicide. At lower levels, people murder themselves for their own survival. It is at this level of reason that Goreng is asked whether he believes in God, and it is also when he first appears Maharu (our primitive animal instincts).

Soon Goreng and Trimagasi fall to level 171, where the main character is compared to a snail that needs to be purified. As Trimagasi tries to justify his crime of cannibalism, Goreng says: “I want to warn you that I hold you responsible. Not the people above. Not the circumstances. Nor the administration. Only you.”. This phrase shows the beginning of Goreng’s purification as an individual, who begins to understand that there will always be ways to justify unjustified attitudes.

At this point Miharu appears again, who saves him and Goreng literally kills his rational extremist side. When he eats the meat of Trimagasi, that act symbolizes that he is receiving the rational in another way, now dominating this feeling and no longer being dominated or directed by him.

When Goreng masters his rational side, he arouses his emotional side. That’s when he dreams of Miharu, gives space to have feelings for her and wakes up at level 33.

There, with him, are Ramses II (the dog) and Imoguiri, the old woman who represents her Emotional side. It is at level 33 (age of Christ) that Goreng awakens his compassion for others, begins to assemble dishes for the levels below and begins to think about how to ration food.

Then Miharu reappears, this time wounded – and if she really represents her primitive side, it is there that she begins to lose strength. Goreng gathers and cares for her, and when Miharu is finally well, she sacrifices the dog Ramses II, the symbol of the Exodus of the chosen people, according to the Old Testament of the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah.

When Goreng wakes up at level 171, Imoguiri committed suicide. It is the representation that the emotional side already has its duty fulfilled. To stay alive, Goreng eats his meat, also showing control and mastery over this feeling.

This idea is illustrated by the dialogue between Trimagasi, Imoguiri – both already dead -, and Goreng: “Aren’t you going to eat it?”, Trimagasi asks, to which Imoguiri replies: “Of course. That’s why I hanged myself. It would have been easier to jump, as several others did. But I wanted to leave a gift, my body. Please eat it. ”

Level 6. With mastery over his Rational and Emotional side, Goreng is now ready to evolve with his Spiritual side, which is represented by Baharat, a strong, virtuous and optimistic black man.

It is at this level that Goreng is already much more lucid and less hungry. He has already left his individual side behind and seeks to improve the collective, making the well a better place for everyone. It is at this moment that he understands that the change of the world must come from him, and not from the world itself. He understands that in order to reach the top, he will have to go down to the end, know the deepest secrets of the well and not let himself be dominated by it.

When Goreng and Baharat start to go down and ration the food, we have a clear cut of society, where the elites (from the first levels) are frightened and meek in the face of such aggression. The middle class (intermediate levels) revolt and fight, the hungry (low levels) are defenseless and grateful and the miserable (extremely low level) are insane.

It is at this point that they choose Panna cotta as a symbol. Something that will pass through the entire well and return intact, without letting itself shake or shake. Subsequently, Miharu appears to be murdered by members of the well, and Goreng’s most primitive instincts die there.

Goreng, accompanied by Baharat, continues in search of the end of the well, clinging to the Panna cotta “message”, a symbol chosen by them as something blessed.

Upon reaching level 333, the end of the well, halfway between heaven and hell (666) is when Goreng meets Miharu’s daughter and, in a dream, has a vision (given by God in the form of Baharat) of that the girl is the message. The message represents the sacred, which passes through all the levels of this world, without getting dirty, without shaking, without fading and serving as an example to others.

By the time Goreng descends from the last level 333 into darkness, he is almost purified there, and a divine light is hovering over him and the girl. And the final dialogue begins, between Goreng and his inner selves:

– Your Journey is over, Snail.
– Not yet. I need to go up with the girl.
– But you are not the message.
– I’m the messenger.
– The message does not need a messenger.

Now Goreng is purified, understanding that the message of peace does not need a messenger, as religions do, but that it is perceived and necessary regardless of who brings it.

Technical sheet of the film O Poço

Title: El Hoyo (Original).
Launch: 2020.
Directed by: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia.
Duration: 95 minutes.
Genre: Science Fiction, Suspense, Horror.
Country of origin: Spain.

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Besides this, if you like series that discuss social inequality and class struggle, be sure to watch the series, available on Netflix and derived from the eponymous film by Bong Joon-ho, available in the Amazon Prime Video catalog.