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About the ending! BIGSPOILERALERT!

Questions on the ending...

how do you see the ending of the film?

Did he live? Or did he die?

Want to know your views... 'Coz the ending, where pellet's pellet is run over by the train, evokes differing perspectives (well, in the case among me and buddies)...(and that's the exciting thing about good foreign films... they try to leave the audiences questions to ponder, points to think about.. unlike others, where they all feed into the viewers everything they could cram up in their work's duration, leaving no chance for them to even use their freaking' minds...)


The ending to me was that Pellet did survive because he was rescued by Alfredo's father. In the end, I think the placing of the ball on the tracks was Pellet's way of saying he didn't need good luck anymore because he was saved. The ball was Pellet's way of easing his anxiety. Whenever he was nervous or scared I noticed that was when he'd have the little ball in his hand and play with it. The fact that he no longer had to live in fear and anxiety meant he didn't need the ball anymore so he got rid of it. To me, that's what the ending symbolizes. And the way he insults his father and talks about the way he abused him is Pellet getting his anger out and thus starting his life over.

It's all about the corned beef sandwiches and pineapple juice



I agree. I've just finished watching the film. I thought it was fantastic and put together extremely well. The cast were fantastic and I can place it in my list of most powerful films I've seen.

Pablo didn't die. The ball on the track was, as said by someone else, his way of breaking free. The 'tracks' have been his place of childhood with his friends, the ball was something he felt he needed for luck, and protection. He felt he could rely on his ball-bearing to keep him safe. When he see's and understands the warmth and caring of a family, the scene in the mountain is his first glimpse of this (notice he sits alone, when everyone else is in pairs, overlooking the mountains... his desert), he realises he doesn't need it anymore. The symbol of placing it on the tracks I thought was excellent.

There was one particular scene I thought I could foresee....


... although if you are reading this thread you've probably already seen the film. When Alfredo and Pablo are at the studio and Alfredo's father gives him the tattoo, I thought he was going to photograph the work he had done on his son. I really thought he was going to use this as a time he could photograph Pablo, have proof of the bruises and scars on his body. I think this would have been a great scene to be in the film, re-enforcing the fact that Alfredo's father KNEW about the abuse and was doing something about it.

Well done to everyone involved in the making of this film.


I agree with all regarding the symbolism of the ball being crushed by the train, precisely the “talisman” that had helped Pablo and which he no longer needs, but also the place where he had to "prove" he was one of the boys, even if he didn't like the game.

Also, I agree with the second part of Inconsolable Monkey's message because I also thought that José had done this to Alfredo so that he could then ask Pablo to take off his shirt and take pictures of his bruises and scars.

Good film, but not great...


i agree with you because yeah the little ball being destroyed could mean he dies or that he is being destroyed but there is just no reason for it. i mean, he is reporting all of the abuses his father commited so that means he won't have to suffer anymore. his father will go to jail (hopefully for a long time), and he'll be able to go on with his life. in a way, a part of him (the bad part) was destroyed therefore the ball is destroyed. great movie. anyone know some more?


I agree w/ sugar-bear...the ball bearing on the tracks was the end of his old life. There wasn't a lot said about why he was called Bola, but I figure the assumption is that it's because he carries the ball around all the time. Once someone showed they cared about him, accepted him, and stood up for him at their own risk, he realized that he could really be himself--he was no longer just el bola.


Like others have written, he lived. The cutting of the pellet represented his emotional self too. Not only was the pellet his 'worry doll' but it showed he was become hardened by his experiences at the hands of his father. At the end when he is listing what had been done to him he starts to break as the feelings emerge. Those were the feelings that had hardened and his melting is a healthy sign.

A bird sings and the mountain's silence deepens.