Yara (2021) ending explained – a true event that horrified Italy

November 6, 2021
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This article discusses the ending of the Netflix film Yara (2021) so it will contain spoilers. 

This Italian-produced film is based on true events. Yara follows a determined prosecutor, Letizia Ruggeri (Isabella Ragonese), after a 13-year-old girl, Yara Gambirasio, goes missing in a small province, Brenbate di Sopra, in Italy. It wasn’t until three months later, on the 16th February 2011 that her body was found. What followed was an emotional trial of events in an attempt to find her killer. Not only is the case devastating for Yara’s family, but it proves to be devastating for the team who investigate her brutal murder.

Following several setbacks, Letizia and her team gain a breakthrough three weeks before the case filing, when Professor Previdere compares the genetic profile of several women. In this he finds that one of them shares the same allele found in “Unknown 1”. Aka, they’ve found the killer’s mother. Looking into her background, they uncover an individual called Massimo Giuseppe Bossetti (Roberto Zibetti). Turns out, he is a builder who works the same sites as Yara’s father. Desperate for a conviction, agents disguise themselves as meter guys so they can bug his house.

Letizia later learns that phone records have placed Massimo close to the location where Yara disappeared from. With the net closing in on Massimo, Letizia and her team gain his DNA by having him use a breathalyzer. The results confirm that Massimo is a 100% match to Unknown 1. His defense team, however, claims that the DNA evidence lacks the mitochondrial element and should be considered void. 

Netflix film Yara (2021) ending explained

Moving forward to 2015, only the closest relatives and a few accredited journalists can attend the trial. But the evidence stacks up, from internet searches, CCTV footage, the phone cell tower, and the DNA. Massimo is found guilty of murder and receives life in prison. 

The closing credits of Yara reveal that on July 17th, 2017, the Court of Appeal confirmed the guilty verdict, with the Supreme Court later confirming the same on the 11th of October 2018. More interestingly, Massimo has never ceased to proclaim his innocence with his defense requesting access to the findings for new evaluations. The motion got rejected, however. 

What did you think of the Netflix movie Yara (2021) and the ending? Comment below. 

3 thoughts on “Yara (2021) ending explained – a true event that horrified Italy

  • November 8, 2021 at 6:40 am

    November 8, 2021. I just watched the movie and really liked it. I am wondering how the body was found … the movie shows a guy flying his remote-controlled plane, which crashes… and he finds the girl’s body when retrieving the broken plane. True?

  • November 9, 2021 at 5:07 am

    Yara is a brilliant film, well executed; all the actors are as one would expect from Italian cinema, exemplary, and Isabella Ragone is surely a successor to the best woman actors in the hey day of Italian cinema. Bravissimi ,tutti.

  • November 13, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    The film ends with a look between two mothers, the prosecutor and the victims mother. It is so powerful. It shows an understanding that only two mothers could share. Especially because it showed how often they tried to replace the prosecutor with a man who.

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