Understanding Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things

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A stream of consciousness, mixed with fantasy and glimpses of reality, drive the narrative to reach an ending that doesn’t wrap things up neatly through a clean and simple revelation and suicide; a loose example of such a climax would be the one in Scorsese’s Shutter Islandwhere the breaks, in reality, are much less obvious to us, even though there are small leaks through Dicaprio’s reality throughout the film. In I’m Thinking of Ending Things, despite Lucy’s confusion and terror at certain points in the story, the viewer is much more susceptible to the ruptures in reality than Lucy herself.

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