Synopsis of the Wasteland


Synopsis of the Wasteland

  This extraordinary thriller transports viewers to the Spanish wilderness of the 19th century and the difficult home of young Diego (Asier Flores) and his devoted parents Salvator (Roberto Alamo) and Lucia (Inma Cuesta). incorporeality.

  Diego faces his fears and becomes a man, but first he must accept the impossibility of avoiding pain and loss throughout life.

  These are some of the compelling questions that The Wasteland's dramatic ending makes viewers ponder. While the film is intentionally vague, there are enough clues scattered throughout to piece together what really happened. 

 And what happened to Salvatore?

  As for this first question, we can assume that Diego's Papal Savior died, leaving his wife and son to face the beast.

  After he leaves the apparent safety of the wasteland and overruns war-torn Spain, Diego and Lucia eagerly await Salvatore's return. But their hope begins to fade with each passing day - until Salvator's horse returns to them with an empty gun.

  This confirms their fears, assuming that Salvator cannot live without his only defense against violence and death.

  In the rest of the film, we see Lucia's grief for her husband manifest as a deep depression, a loss of touch with reality, and the emergence of violent and destructive tendencies that threaten to sever the bond between her and Diego.

  This connection is important because it holds the only key to defeating the beast as it grows ever closer. 

Is the animal merely symbolic?

  Before leaving, Salvator warned Diego that this monster feeds on the vulnerable and gains power through fear. We literally see that when Diego confronts the terror, he is impressed by its presence out of nowhere. And as the film progresses, Diego realizes that his greatest fear is losing his mother, either through death or self-destructive madness.

  This parallel between beast and fear strongly suggests that the monster may be symbolic rather than a literal animal.

  One clue is that Lucia didn't believe in the beast at first, but after her biggest fear - losing her husband and not being able to protect her son - she started to see it.

  Furthermore, Diego and Lucia do not face the beast together, perhaps because they have different perceptions of fear and danger. In some scenes, this difference drives them apart, such as the scene where Lucia fires a shotgun into the desert.

  Diego is unable to see the beast that Lucia claims to have witnessed, causing him to become suspicious and lose faith in his mother. 

 Is there evidence that the animal is real?

  The loss of innocence is another major theme represented by the animal. We know that Diego has been sheltered from the dangers of the wider world all his life, relying on his parents for safety and never leaving the confines of his childhood home.

  This is encouraged by Lucia, who stops Salvator's attempts to teach independence and self-preservation (such as encouraging Diego to kill a rabbit) when she senses that her son might be afraid.

  But Lucia's method of protecting her family by providing shelter and avoiding all threats and fears is her downfall, as she is not ready to face the danger when she finally does.

  When Diego's worry about his mother results in the beast appearing as a fully formed monster, he doesn't run or hide. Instead, Diego confronts the monster and advances towards it without flinching until the monster retreats. Finally, Diego destroys the illusion of safety by burning down his house.

We can conclude that the monster, which does not tolerate bullets and is defeated only by courage, was created or exaggerated by Diego's mind for some.

  From this point of view, the conflict between Diego and the animal may represent the boy's need to face his fears, to grow up without relying on his parents' protection, and to accept that pain and suffering cannot be avoided - without being consumed by this knowledge, like Lucia. .

  Is Lucia definitely dead?

  As for Lucia's fate, the cause of her death is not clearly stated. But the conclusion, which shows the character lying in a pool of blood and holding a knife, clearly suggests that Lucia is suicidal, as in Salvator's story.

  He is weak from blood loss and remains unresponsive as Diego drags him from the rubble. When they reached the river, Diego gave up on saving his mother. He finally says goodbye and lets Lucia's body float away.

  Letting his mother go was the last step in Diego's growth. By the end of the film, he has come to terms with the loss, accepted his own mortality, and suffered the same literal and metaphorical scars as his father. The very last scene shows Diego finally stepping outside into the new dawn of the horizon.

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