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The Ending Of
The Platform
Explained
By ROBERT BALKOVICH AND AJ CAULFIELD
When Goreng meets Imoguiri we get two ideas about the prison. While Imoguiri implies the whole purpose of the prison is to create a system in which people can learn to foster a spontaneous sense of solidarity. Goreng believes it's a small-scale model of a harsh capitalist system that the ruling class is using to test the responses of the proletariat.
Purpose
All of the main characters represent ideas larger than themselves. Goreng represents an idealist intellectual, while Imoguiri represents the willfully ignorant bureaucrats, and Miharu represents those who suffer on the periphery of society, whose stories we don't believe because we can't imagine that we live in such a cruel system.
Representation
At the end of the movie when Goreng finds out that Miharu’s child is real, he realizes that the most important component of the VSC experiment is that those in power set the rules but don’t always follow them. By sending Miharu’s child up the platform instead of the dessert he sends the message that the system is cruel and those operating it can’t be trusted.
The Ending
Director Gaztelu-Urrutia told Digital Spy that the movie demonstrates "the failings of different ideologies." He wanted to leave the ending up to the viewer's imagination and aimed the conclusion to be "open to interpretation, whether the plan worked and the higher-ups even care about the people in the pit."
Director’s Explanation