“The Lost Girls” was a weird watch for us. To be honest, it was quite engaging and the ending was one that had us grinning from ear to ear. But the play between real fantasy and generational mental illness was extremely confusing.
And there were certain gaps, certain unanswered questions that, try as we might, we cannot explain convincingly. And that drives us crazy. There is a line in the film – ‘Believing is your birthright.’ This is a line that would resonate with every single artist, including those who create as well as those who consume. And it was the act of trying to understand that pretense that forced us to watch a two-hour movie full of plot holes. Now, know about The Lost Girls movie.
The Lost Girls: Synopsis
“The Lost Girls” is an extension of the ending of Peter Pan’s story, his promise to visit the Darlings every few years. It starts with Wendy talking to her grandmother, who was the original Wendy. Grandma tells her that she will soon meet a boy named Peter and fall in love with him. But he also tells her not to let her emotions rule her heart. In the next scene, Wendy is being homeschooled by her father.
We don’t really understand the reason for his decision here. Wendy’s mother Jane left them, so could it be out of fear of losing her daughter? Or is he somehow aware of Peter Pan’s influence on the women of the Darling family and this is his way of protecting his daughter? The reason for his decision is not clear. We also don’t get it when he tells her at the wedding that he wishes she could see more of the world when he literally wouldn’t let her.
After some time, Wendy starts going to a normal school. Which is when she meets Peter Pan. She finds him crying and, true to the story, asks her to fly away with him. But Wendy is aware that this can be a problem with the women in her family. Still, she is tempted. She tells him that she can’t cook or be a mother to anyone, but she wants an adventure. And Peter gives her one by flying through the sky with her. He makes her promise him that she will never grow up. Wendy also ends up meeting Captain Hook, who tries to forcefully kiss her. But Wendy escapes him.
The next day she is confused if it was real or just a dream. And this confusion accompanies her throughout her life. After she gets married, she often thinks about Peter. In fact, at her wedding, she keeps thinking about her promise to him as she says her vows to her husband. As Wendy’s daughter grows into a toddler, her father remarks that she looks a lot like Jane.
And as the years go by, we see that her family hated her to some extent for not being able to get over the memory of Peter from her childhood. Why don’t you just get your mother a therapist instead of using her to call her a bad mother? On a mother-daughter trip to see Wendy’s grandmother, her Nana remarks that Peter will be meeting Berry soon. It’s one thing that the women in the family fall in love with Peter, but they don’t have to carry it as a burden for the rest of his life.
As Nana predicts, Peter will indeed meet Berry. And she is more than ready to fly away with him. But unlike her predecessors, instead of being a beautiful dream, it turns into a nightmare when she falls out the window. Thai serves as a wake-up call for Wendy.
She is forced to confront her own story with Peter. She ends up meeting Captain Hook again and he tells her that he and Peter are meant for each other. And all the women in the Darling family will continue to be victims of their story. When Wendy hears this, she decides to leave, which means she leaves her childhood story behind. She also tells Peter that she has grown up and can’t see him anymore.
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Once Berry wakes up in the hospital, she breaks down in tears and tells Wendy that she believed in Wendy’s dream despite herself and was ready to leave when it started happening to her. But she doesn’t want to do that anymore and wants to live in reality.
The next scene is that of Nana’s funeral, where Wendy gives a eulogy. She says her Nana lived in two worlds and that was the magic of her life. It’s a lesson in overcoming pain and finding happiness, which she may not have been able to do. But that didn’t stop her from encouraging future generations to learn from her mistakes.
At the funeral, Wendy runs into a woman she recognizes as her mother. They talk for the first time in many years. Jane tells her that she herself is not sure who or what Peter Pan was. But she loved him when she loved him, just like her mother and daughter.
And he loved them all as if they were one girl. But it was time to leave it all behind. It’s time to go home. This scene means that they decide to break the family curse, or rather the family promise given to them by Peter Pan.
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