This article discusses the ending of the Netflix film Diorama (2022) and will contain spoilers.
From our review:
Bjorn and Frida are a reasonably normal married couple. We first meet them when they are young and in the early stages of romance, they are carefree and in love. We then catch up with them as a married couple some years later. Spontaneous lovemaking has made way for a highly structured and regimented life, where both parties seem to be going through the motions. As Frida herself at one stage describes, their life is simply “work, kids, kids, work”. Aware of how stale their marriage has become, Frida wants to do something to shake it up, suggesting a range of solutions to Bjorn that include marriage counseling, a break or even a threesome. He dismisses all of them, preferring to sink into denial. Inevitably, their marriage fails, and the rest of the film deals with how they navigate their divorce.
Netflix film Diorama (2022) ending explained
Frida and Ben are wandering around a gallery comparing notes about their respective divorces. He reveals that his partner was unfaithful to him and that, as a result, he was forced to reflect on his part in the marriage breakup. Frida opens up and shares her reflections and confronts the realization that she was never completely candid with Bjorn because she did not trust him to be able to handle it. Then they go back to her place.
Bjorn is also moving on, and we find him with his own new lover. They awkwardly have sex in a starkly and poorly decorated room and he struggles to perform. The breakup of his marriage has robbed him of his confidence. His partner shares her own experience of divorce and Bjorn appears to be realizing that he misses his wife.
In a short vole skit, apparently, voles that are not in relationships tend to sink and drown, whereas voles that are in couples will swim for their lives. Interesting stuff.
Bjorn looks mournfully through the window at his family, he has bags under his eyes and seems to have aged badly recently. He bumps into a couple of friends, another divorced couple, the fact that they are getting on well and making some good parenting decisions with each other is in stark contrast to his situation. They have evolved an unconventional relationship, but it is one that works for them. Bjorn is taken aback by this but seems thoughtful.
He heads in to watch the school play with his family, this is the happiest and most content we have ever seen them all, and both Bjorn and Frida exchange meaningful glances that signify if nothing else that they have reached some kind of understanding.
Just as it looks as though things might be heading in a positive direction, they bump into Bjorn’s aborted sexual partner, and from the tension in the air, it’s clear that this has disrupted things and Frida has pieced things together. They awkwardly arrange to have everyone over for cake, new partners and all. This potentially awkward arrangement plays out smoothly and a voiceover plays that gives us the science that tells us that humans are wired for a range of types of relationships.
The kids are playing and for the first time, we hear from them. They discuss what appears to be their parents’ unconventional relationship dynamics, with all parties engaged in a dynamic and fluid sexual relationship. Then they all head in to celebrate Christmas!
We zoom out, and our characters have been props in a demonstration, in a (you guessed it) Diorama, as the anthropologist we’ve been hearing from concludes her lecture.
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