Forever Out of My League ending explained – does Marta survive?

April 1, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
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This article contains major spoilers for the Forever Out of My League ending.


Forever Out of My League is the third and probably final entry in a trilogy of Italian romantic dramas about a young woman named Marta who is suffering from both Mucoviscidosis (better known as Cystic Fibrosis) and a tumultuous love life. The first film introduced the characters, the second was essentially a soft reboot, and the third follows on from that directly and attempts to bring the whole story to a fitting, poignant conclusion.

The story begins right where we left it last time, with Marta having just undergone a (successful) lung transplant and Gabriele having raced to her bedside, finally making it in time despite incorrect information from Jacopo about which hospital she was in. Luckily, Marta expected him and left instructions with her doctor, Diego, that he be allowed to visit her while she recovers. And he does just that, spending a ton of time with Marta as she is gradually nursed back to the best health she has experienced in quite some time.

With her new lungs, Marta can, finally, start looking toward the future, and that’s a future she intends to spend with Gabriele, who is working locally now teaching history to a bunch of high-school girls who can’t help but notice how handsome and charming he is. Part of this future, though, includes moving out of the house Marta shares with Federica and Jacopo, which isn’t an easy process for young people. Despite both Marta and Gabriele having a wage, they can’t acquire even an affordable place without a guarantor.

This is an issue since Gabriele’s parents are freewheeling hippie types without good credit, and Marta’s only living relative is her grandmother, who she has been estranged from for a long time. While we meet Gabriele’s parents briefly, they don’t factor heavily into the story, while the history between Marta and her grandmother continues to plague Gabriele, who begins to stick his nose into the matter privately.

The guarantor matter is able to be handled using a bank employee ex of Federica, but the matter of Marta’s grandmother doesn’t go away. Gabriele begins to visit her privately, but she doesn’t seem to be interested in conversing with him. Eventually, he confesses what he has been up to, and while Marta isn’t angry, she still insists that her relationship with her grandmother can’t be fixed. She was thrust into a situation she wasn’t prepared for, and while she might have tried to some extent, she wasn’t in a position to be the parent Marta needed. It’s a sad state of affairs, but it’s relatable and honest.

Forever Out of My League ending

As we begin to approach the end of the film, Marta’s new lungs start acting up, and she once contracts a very nasty infection. While she’s in hospital, Gabriele once again visits Marta’s grandmother, who eventually turns up at the hospital to make her peace with Marta in a touching scene. This, I think, is a softer conclusion that is less powerful than her simply staying out of things — while it’s nice for movies to fix every frayed relationship, life isn’t like that, and I think it would have been more truthful if Marta had been right about this dispute being beyond repair. It’s the first of a happy ending one-two punch since after flirting once again with the idea that Marta might die, Forever Out of My League reveals that she’s fine. Unsurprisingly, the trilogy ends on a happy note, with nobody having suffered any major or meaningful losses. Even Jacopo’s break-up with Diego is amicable, while Rebecca and Giacomo manage to stay together after a bizarre subplot in which she disseminates an embarrassing video of him being bullied to try and regain some control of their relationship.

All in all, this trilogy has been pleasant, but the frictionless outcomes really prevent it from lingering in the memory.

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