She Will is a 2022 British psychological horror drama movie. It is the directorial debut of Charlotte Colbert, who also wrote the movie. The movie was produced by Jessica Malik and Bob Last, with Dario Argento and Edward R. Pressman serving as executive producers. The movie stars actors including Malcolm McDowell, Alice Krige, Rupert Everett, John McCrery, Jonathan Aris, Amy Manson, Daniel Lapaine, and Kota Eberhardt. The BIFA-nominated film won the Golden Leopard for Best First Film at the Locarno Film Festival.
Charlotte Colbert’s film is a collection of some visually stunning symbols and metaphors that can really be seen as the confusion in Veronica’s mind. She is old and with age comes such chaos. In the above things, she looks arrogant and wants people to believe that she doesn’t care much about the world. But deep down, she’s trying to overcome her past and her insecurities.
Charlotte puts such a deeply traumatized person at the center of the script and then brings in supernatural elements as a catalyst to help her transform and become the person she wants to be. Most evil spirits are drawn to tortured souls, and who could be a better vessel for them than Veronica Ghent?
In her silent retreat, she comes into contact with spirits, and like Veronica herself, the spirits of these women have suffered at the hands of tyrannical and misogynistic men. Veronica and the ghosts of the witches share the same pain; thus helping each other to overthrow the common enemy.
She Will: Movie Synopsis
Shortly after surgery, former film star Veronica Ghent boards a train to Scotland with her private nurse, Desi Hatoum. The tabloids in London keep printing about the remake of the 1969 “Navajo Frontier” and Veronica has nothing to comment on. She just had a double mastectomy and is clearly insecure about her physical appearance.
She doesn’t want anyone to know what she looks like, so she books a cabin in the woods to leave her alone for a while. She wants to stay away from the human world and spend time in a place where no one knows her, to stop pretending and throw off the mask she’s been wearing all her life. Her insecurities can be shown by the fact that before she even gets off the train, she wants to wear prosthetics so that no one will find out about her surgery.
However, when Veronica and Desi arrive at their secluded retreat deep in the Scottish woods, Veronica discovers that there are other guests who have arrived for their winter vacation. They quickly recognize the forgotten star and Veronica’s anxieties soon become apparent. She wants to leave the place but cannot escape because there is no cell phone signal to call the driver to take them back.
Veronica and Desi decide to spend the night in their cabin, where Desi arranges a hot water bath for her sick patient. While Veronika is resting in the bathtub, a black, mud-like substance suddenly falls from the faucet into the bathtub. It quickly enters Veronica’s body, infecting her physically and mentally. The substance takes over her body and mind, reminding her of faces she is eager to forget.
In one vision, she sees her teenage self being brutally attacked, and in another, she sees her director, Eric Hathbourne. Desi hears Veronica screaming and rushes into the bathroom to comfort her. She takes her to bed in hopes of making her feel better, but it’s only the beginning of one long nightmare. In her dreams, Veronica receives visions of a cult of witches standing in front of a great fire.
The next morning, when Desi wakes up, she finds a patch of sticky black mud near the couch. Even Veronica comes out of her room to find black mud and black ash on the windows and reveals to Desi that she had a bizarre dream last night.
Desi sees it as a side effect of her surgery and asks her to go outside for some fresh air, but Veronica understands very well that something is wrong with her and it all has to do with the black sludge that has infected her body and soul. . The film goes on to explore how these ghosts in Veronica’s body remind her of the revenge she has wanted for years and help her achieve it.
She Will Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
The movie is a commentary on the hypocrisy of humanity. Take Arturo Tirador for example. He called himself a feminist, and at the end of the movie, it was Arturo who took his group into the woods to celebrate Ullachiman, the burning of the witch. He called these women agents of chaos and believed that burning them was a victory against the demons.
In a way, he justified the burning of those innocent women in the name of a belief that a certain person might have spread in the past. Similarly, the movie portrays misogynistic men as aggressors who take advantage of women taking advantage of their power and position. In Veronica’s case, it was Eric Hathbourne, while Desi was drugged and attacked by Owen in the woods.
There’s also the question of why Veronica never raised her voice at Eric in public, which director Charlotte Colbert simply answered with a powerful scene. When Veronica discussed millennia of patriarchy in the group, one person called it the war cry of hysterical women.
Therefore, even if the grown-up Veronika gathered some strength in her 20s or 30s to tell the public about her exploitation, no one would believe her. Everyone would quickly assume that the actress or woman is doing it to get attention because she is not getting any roles. Even now, nothing had changed, so Veronica had only one way to get revenge: she had to use the powers given to her by the dark spirits.
Veronica has developed a soft spot for Desi, having previously used her dark powers to save her from Owen’s attack. However, Veronica had no idea what these powers were and worried that they might hurt Desi as well, so the next morning she asked her to leave and never come back. Desi followed her orders and left the cabin and at night Veronica went to sleep again, probably believing it was her last sleep.
She drove to the hotel where Eric was staying, where she finally confronted him and asked him to tell the truth, but even at this point, Eric was in complete denial. Therefore, in a quick release of his anger, he pointed out the fact that whatever he did with Veronica was completely justified because he was the one who gave him the chance to become a star.
But when give someone the opportunity to show their talent, does that mean you can use it as you wish? Well, this question is still deeply debated among intellectuals, but as far as the movie is concerned, Veronica got her revenge. As Eric attacked Veronica and smashed a glass bottle over her head, her body burst into black ash like a swarm and it knocked him off the railing. Eric hit the ground hard and died on the spot. However, his death appeared to be a potential suicide.
Veronica on the other hand was slowly losing her soul and was about to die when Desi suddenly appeared at the cabin and woke her up. It can be speculated that for Veronica, revenge was the last goal of her life and she probably would have sacrificed herself if Desi had not saved her life. Soon after this supernatural interaction, Desi and Veronica left the forest and boarded a train to London. In the final scene of “She Will”, Desi is seen sleeping peacefully on Veronica’s lap as Veronica looks out the window and watches a cloud of black ash recede.
So the question arises: does Veronika still have powers? Maybe she has, maybe not. The black substance has infected Veronica’s entire body, so it won’t just disappear. However, if we speculate that these powers or the ashes could only work in the woods where the women were burned, then in that case Veronica would not be able to use her powers in London. She may have to return to those lands in Scotland if she ever needs them.
But maybe she won’t need them anymore because she’s achieved everything she wanted. For starters, Veronica was now more uncomfortable in her own skin. After the surgery, she didn’t want anyone to see her without prosthetics. However, after the ghosts infected her body and mind, she accepted who she was and looked at herself in the mirror, an image she once feared. Second, Veronica got her revenge and now the whole world knew that Eric mistreated her when she was cast in his movie.
And last but not least, Veronica had an emptiness in her heart that was finally filled by Desi’s presence. Probably due to a traumatic childhood incident, Veronica never trusted a man again and never married or raised children. She hated babies as she told the people around her, but as soon as she got off the train in the opening sequence, the first thing she saw was a woman feeding her baby.
Maybe Veronica longed to express that kind of motherly love to her own children one day, but it was too late, too late in many ways. However, Veronica found a daughter in Desi. Giving Desi her mother’s necklace was Veronica’s way of accepting Desi as her own daughter. On the other hand, Desi also lost her mother, quite tragically.
Her mother’s death left a void in her heart, which Veronika probably filled again. Caring for her and taking care of Veronica fulfilled Desi’s desire to have a motherly figure. So in a way, both Veronica and Desi complemented each other and it was probably the ending they were both looking for.