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*This article contains spoilers from ‘The Pit’. Do not continue reading if you still haven’t seen it.
‘The Pit’, the opera prima of Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, presents different reflections, leaving many questions up in the air. If you have seen it you will probably have been a little cold because you have not finished to understand some of the unknowns. The reality is that having a end as open has several interpretations. We resolve some questions and explain what could mean the end.
The film places us in a dystopian future in which people live in blocks of aseptic and grim organized by different levels. In each level, they can only reach coexistence of two people who do not have any kind of relationship between them. Individuals do not know how many levels there are, though, their position in them changes each month and can improve or worsen your level of life, as their daily food depends on a platform that goes down the different levels with the same food. As well, the remains of some are the food of others. Higher levels will have all the food they want and the below will depend on what you tell them.
It is evident that the film is a criticism of capitalism, the class society and the way of acting of the people. At all times we see how the prisoners who are at high levels, they’re sick of eating, taking advantage of its good position, because they do not know if the next month they will be at such a low level where they have no food. Instead of working all states and only accept their portion so the rest can eat up to become selfish and greedy. Just like in a capitalist society in which the rich are left with everything and leaving the poor homeless.
The first attempt to do something to change this situation is Imoguiri (Antonia San Juan), who each day prepares a basic diet to survive at those below and urge you to only eat your party and to prepare the same ration to the level below. The character of St. John, who had previously worked in the Administration, he gets rid of selfishness at all times. Even when he hangs himself at the lower level are thinking about your partner, you will be able to eat it for a month.
‘The Hole’ also comes to the class struggle, but does so in a different way. Those who are at higher levels would be the rich, who are in mid-levels (50 and down) would represent the middle class and those who are in lower levels, to the poor. However, with the mechanics of the platform, to go changing every month level shows how all humans act the same way when you climb in the social strata. When the prisoners are down just think of how badly they are doing the above you will not leave them anything to eat, but when the following month they are on a higher level, they forget, they take advantage of the moment and become selfish and greedy, without thinking of those who are now at the same level that they were before.
With all this, the director and the writers want to give to understand that, regardless of the class to which you belong to, we are all the same when we find ourselves in an extreme situation. This is shown clearly when Trimagasi (Zorion Eguileor) helps Goreng (Ivan Massagué) while they are at a good level in the still reaches food. However, when the next month lower level and there is no food, Trimagasi radically changes attitude and wants to mutilarle parts of the body to the protagonist, because first of all is him and his survival.
The premiere of ‘The Hole’ on Netflix has not been able to arrive at a better time. With the pandemic of the coronavirus, and the confinement in our houses, this film reflects a little bit the current situation. Some people have wiped out (and still do) supermarkets, buying more resources than you need without thinking about the rest of people. We return to the same, in an extreme situation we stop thinking about those who are behind us to focus on our selfishness. If all should act wisely taking only what is needed, we would all have everything.
Now, this that we speak can be more or less clear, but the end of ‘The Pit’ is the more questions left in the air. The ending is so open that it gives rise to various interpretations. In the middle of the chaos that represents the hole and the platform with food, Goreng next to Baharat (Emilio Buale) try to break the dynamic of this place, trying to ration out the food and to convince the higher levels that is to the rest eat. Passing levels and levels until you reach the 333, the last level, in which they are a girl. The same that had been searching for throughout the film Miharu (Alexandra Masangkay), despite the fact that Imoguiri stated time and again that they could not enter under the age of 16 years at the pit.
At this point of the film, the reality and delirium blend. The protagonists are weak, have had a strong fight and we don’t know if what they are experiencing is real. If the girl actually exists and is live can be for many different reasons. In a moment Imoguiri says that Miharu came only with a ukulele in a dream absurd turn into a new Marilyn Monroe. So how can it be that you are looking for your daughter? It may be that Miharu went to the pit pregnant, who had there for his daughter and that the hidden in the last level to keep her safe from the rest. This would explain that each month went down to feed the girl. In addition, when the platform falls down and the protagonists are left with the panacota (the message, in the beginning), it is assumed that the room would have to return extremely cold or extremely hot, but nothing happens. This would show that not even the Administration knows that there is a girl hidden, or may not even know that there are so many levels (in a moment Imoguiri says that there are only 250 levels).
Another theory could be that the girl does not really exist and is only in the head of Goreng and Baharat in a desperate attempt of hope, to demonstrate to the Administration that they have no idea what happens down there, or what they have or stop having.
Finally, Goreng dies. We know this because is located with Trimagasi, but stays in the air the question of when to die exactly our protagonist. Although really the least of it is knowing when, what is important is what it does. The message is the message. Throws the girl into the platform and meets its objective to make the Administration two things: that are not meeting their standards to be in the pit to a minor of 16 years and that someone has done something to change the system, showing that it is far from all selfishness.
The tape ends and we are left with the intrigue of how she would react to the Administration when they see the girl in the platform. On if the message will change the way you act, the rules and regulations of the hole. The girl is the message of hope.
The second life of ‘The Hole’ on Netflix
‘The Hole’ was released in cinemas on 7 November 2019. With little promotion it came to very few rooms, so it was not a very sight. The results at the box office were very low, raising 219.764,45 euros and reaching only to 39,000 spectators. However, it gained recognition in festivals as the of Turin, in which he won the Prize, Scuola Holden, Festival the International of cinema of Toronto, in the that got the Award Grolsch People’s Choice and also won several awards in the International film Festival of Catalonia, among which was the award for Best visual effects.
The film was nominated in various categories of the Awards Goya, Gaudi and Fierce, among whom was Best dramatic film, Best supporting actress, Best Screenplay, Best trailer, Best special effects, Best poster and Best director. Finally, ‘The Pit’ was awarded the Goya and Gaudí to Best special effects.
Now ‘The Pit’ has had a new opportunity to reach out to Netflix in a moment very appropriate. The film has entered the top 10 of the platform, even in the top 3 most viewed in Spain. And has risen by nearly A total of 1,700 positions in the ranking of the films seen IMDb, positioning themselves in the post 54.