When the cinema leaves us in the most complete frustration: a look back at some cinema scenes which did not give all the answers to the spectators and which have tortured them ever since!
Inception – Does the top stop at the end of the movie?
To determine if he’s dreaming or awake, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) uses a totem: a small spinning top that eventually stops in reality, but spins indefinitely in dreams. While he has just completed his mission and reunites with his children at the end of the film, he launches her to verify that everything is real. Except that the film ends before the top …
Demolition Man – How do you use the three seashells?
In 2032, no more paper when going to the toilet! Instead, John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) will be surprised to discover three seashells on a small shelf. As for how to use them …
Pulp Fiction – What’s in Marsellus Wallace’s suitcase?
“That’s wonderful !” This is all we will know about the contents of this mysterious briefcase belonging to Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) and recovered by Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) at the beginning of the film. Otherwise, as Quentin Tarantino said, it’s up to you.
The Thing – Who is the Thing?
After the rest of the team are gone, MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Childs (Keith David), the film’s only survivors, share a nightcap. The paranoia that gripped the spectator from the very beginning therefore extends beyond the final credits. As the Thing is capable of assuming the appearance of anyone, it is indeed impossible to know which of the two is really human.
Lost in Translation – What is whispering in Scarlett’s ear?
Isolated in a large Tokyo hotel for several days, Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) learn to know and love each other. But once his stay is over, Bob has to get back on the plane. While on his way to the airport, he crosses paths with the young woman in the crowd and whispers a very last sentence in her ear. A few mysterious words that will remain for her alone.
Alone in the World – What’s in the unopened FedEx box?
Stranded on a desert island, left to his own devices for several years, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) ends up opening all the FedEx packages he was supposed to bring safely. All except one: a package marked with a pair of angel wings, and which he refuses to unwrap, preferring to consider it as his last mission, the last detail which still connects him to civilization, to the world, to the life.
Very Bad Trip – Where does the chicken come from?
The tiger, the missing tooth, the baby Carlos … Everything that the three friends of The Hangover discover when they wake up in their suite at Caesar Palace is answered in the memorable final credits. Everything, except the presence of this hen seen by Stu (Ed Helms) when he regains consciousness in the room. We will never know how this bird crossed the path of “the pack of wolves”.
Mission: Impossible III – What is the “rabbit’s foot”?
She leads the story of Ethan Hun / Tom Cruise’s third cinematic adventure, and yet nothing is known about the nature of this “rabbit’s foot”, at the center of all lusts. Or when JJ Abrams appropriates the concept of MacGuffin dear to master Alfred Hitchcock, a driving force behind the narrative whose nature does not matter.
Barton Fink – What’s in the mysterious package?
Until the outcome, the Coen brothers will not reveal the contents of the mysterious box surrounded by kraft paper that John Turturro collects and which accompanies him throughout the film. What if it was the Palme d’Or that the directors received at Cannes in 1991?
Zodiac – Who is the Zodiac Killer?
10 years of hard work and intensive research for journalists Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.), but no way to get their hands on the dreaded Zodiac killer. Just like the real affair from which he is inspired and which he intends to retrace in its entirety, David Fincher’s 6th feature film remains in effect unanswered.
The Dark Knight – How did the Joker get his scars?
Was he mutilated as a child by his father? Did he do this to himself as proof of love for his wife? Whenever he talks about his scars, the Joker (Heath Ledger) tells a different story. It was therefore impossible to really know where his terrible smile came from.
Toy Story – Why does Buzz freeze in the presence of humans?
In the first installment of The Toy Adventures, Buzz Lightyear ignores all of his nature and believes himself to be a Space Ranger, a freedom fighter against the infamous Emperor Zurg and recently stranded on an unknown planet, a.k.a. Andy. So why does he freeze every time the little boy arrives and plays with him? Mystery…
Total Recall – Was Quaid in a Dream?
While he has enlisted the services of the Rekall company, Douglas (Arnold Schwarzenegger) orders an imaginary trip to Mars, where he must play the secret agents and conquer a pretty brunette. But when things seem to turn out badly for him, how do you know if he is the victim of a very real conspiracy, or if this adventure is nothing more than a fiction fabricated as promised by the company Rekall?
The Gold Goes Out – Do the robbers fall into the void at the end?
In this bus ready to fall into the void are, on one side, a huge pile of gold bars, on the other, the gangsters who are trying to get hold of it. The final sequence of L’Or se barre, literally left in suspense, is therefore a “cliffhanger” in the very first sense of the term.
Breakfast Club – What is the downfall of Bender’s joke?
“A naked blonde walks into a bar with a poodle under one arm and a two-meter salami under the other. The bartender tells her: So I don’t think you’ll want a drink? And the blonde answers … “At this point, the high school dunce falls from the false ceiling he was walking around … and never ends his joke. Frustrating, right?
Cinderella – Why is the slipper still glass?
After the twelfth stroke of midnight, the carriage becomes a pumpkin again, as do all of the Fairy Godmother’s magical gifts to allow Cinderella to enjoy the ball. Everything, except the glass slipper which will allow the Prince to find his beauty. Strange, without a doubt. Practical in terms of scenario, certainly.
American Psycho – Did he really kill?
Patrick Bateman is definitely one of the most influential psychopaths in modern cinema. However, the finale of the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel may suggest that no massacre has really taken place, except in the spirit of the character. The director Mary Harron deliberately leaves here the doubt on her terrifying actions … but never on the talent of Christian Bale.
Les Rivières Pourpres – Why is Jean Reno afraid of dogs?
Commissioner Pierre Niemans, played by Jean Reno in Kassovitz’s film, is terrified of dogs, which in fact poses some problems for him in the investigation he must lead alongside his partner Max Kerkérian (Vincent Cassel ). At the end of the film, the latter asks him where his phobia comes from, but neither he nor the spectator will get any other answer than the credits.
City of Fear – Which truth is much simpler?
- Odile: “But then Patrick, are you innocent?”
- Patrick Bialès: “Did you doubt that?”
- Odile: “But at your place, the hammer, the sickle, the killer’s costume … I thought …”
- Patrick Bialès: “And what did you think Odile? The truth is much simpler”
- And the music takes over, then the commissioner concludes: “I’m a cop. Just a cop.”