The end of this story of revenge has left us all surprised, but the other version is just as disconcerting.
‘A promising young woman’ has arrived in Spanish cinemas this weekend to tell a story that has been as controversial as it is internationally commented for months. The film features Carey Milligan as Cassie, a highly intelligent young woman who dropped out of her medical studies to avenge the death of her best friend, Nina. Thus, she dedicates herself every night to expose the predatory character of men.
In the finale that has hit theaters, Cassie is drowned by Nina’s rapist, after her attempt at revenge ended badly. The rapist and her friend decide to dispose of Cassie’s body and seem to get away with the crime. However, another twist happens in the wedding of the rapist and, now, murderer. Cassie left messages and information prepared for the police that causes a raid in the middle of the wedding, so she ends up getting away with it from her grave.
Nominated for 5 Oscars, the screenwriter and director of her, Emerald Fennell has confessed that there was another ending in which, although Cassie achieved her revenge and was still alive, the truth is that she seems even sadder. In this ending Cassie kills both men. She as she told Vulture:
Another version of the ending is: Cassie burns down the house. But what happens then? Police, jail forever? It was worth it? I think that’s the thing about this, and what about revenge in general and why it’s such an interesting thing to me. Because there is no happy ending to any revenge.
For this reason, the author found that every revenge ending, whether more or less successful, cannot be entirely happy or satisfactory. In both options, the promising young protagonist has wasted her life forever, albeit in a different way.