I have seen the movie Irreversible and I'm not sure what was the intended interpretation of the ending, or indeed whether there is one.
Warning: this whole question might be a big spoiler if you haven't seen the movie.
On the one hand, the whole movie is very clear to me, although it's being presented in reverse-chronological order. The main plot isn't hard to get. But the last scene and the metaphor shown at the end puzzled me.
In the last scene I could not understand whether:
- She was pregnant.
- It was before or after.
Maybe this was open to interpretation. If so, great, but I don't understand how this might fit into the movie or what it had to do with the storyline. It just feels an isolated scene to me.
It also occurred to me that this might be heaven due to the fact that she looked in peace and everything was very green and happy and children were running around, I can't see how this could fit into the movie either, and have no idea if it is a valid, reasonable interpretation.
It puzzled me even more the camera going up and the flashing lights and sounds, I have no idea what the intention of those were.
And my last interrogation would be on the ending phrase:
Time destroys everything.
As the final scene it just feels isolated from the movie. The way I see it, it was not time that destroyed the three characters life, rather someting circumstantial in a very limited time frame, where decisions, led to tragic events. The phrase gives me the impression of something long term, and this was something that went wrong very quickly. And in any case, what did it destroy, the three characters' lives?
As you may have noticed I'm no expert at interpreting, I'm sure many of these question may come as obvious to many of you, but (unfortunately) I'm used to more "easy" movies.
The thing is, I understand perfectly what a open ending is, and like to think which is more probable, but in this particular movie, I'm not sure whether it was an open ending, or if there is anything to interpret about these scenes. I am completely lost, and I'm unsure if this was the desired effect or if I am missing something.