We discuss the ending of the Netflix film Noise (2023), which will contain spoilers.
Natalia Beristain’s crime drama, Noise, claims it’s based on “many true stories.” The harrowing film follows a desperate mother, Julia (played by Julieta Egurrola), on her quest to film out what happened to her daughter, Ger, who’d been missing for nine months. Julia teams up with Abril (Teresa Ruiz), a young journalist who’s been writing about cases of missing people that Mexican authorities would rather sweep under the rug. During her clandestine investigation, Julia hires a lawyer who needs armed security because her work involves trying to find missing people. She meets corrupt police officers, comes across a truck full of dead bodies the authorities are trying to keep hidden and encounters too many women in her exact situation.
Noise (2023) ending explained
Julia and Abril’s investigation into Ger’s case seems to have attracted the wrong kind of attention when the journalist is brutally kidnapped from their bus by armed men. Despite the bus being full, no one dares intervene as Abril is pleading with the other passengers to help, while Julia is forced to helplessly watch her new friend being dragged away. When she arrives at her destination, the prosecutor in charge of Ger’s disappearance seeks out Julia and takes her to a warehouse where the police are holding a cartel member who may have information about her daughter’s whereabouts.
To Julia’s surprise, the cartel member is still a teenager. After showing him some photos of her daughter, Julia finally learns something concrete about her disappearance. According to the boy, on the night she disappeared, Ger was in the nightclub taking cocaine she had purchased from the competition. Having bought drugs from the “wrong” dealers and being an attractive woman sealed her fate. While the cartel member doesn’t specify whether the missing girl was sold into human trafficking or killed, he makes it very clear that Julia will never see her again. Broken by the news, the protagonist walks out of the building dazed and shocked.
On the streets, a group of women are holding a peaceful protest demanding authorities take action in missing people cases. Julia joins the protests but they are soon disbanded when the riot police arrive. Our protagonist tries hiding with various other protestors in a nearby building, but they are hounded by the police who break in and brutally beat them into submission. It’s clear that authorities in this scene have no interest in simply putting a stop to the protest, they’re there to teach these women a hard lesson. Unarmed women of all ages are being chased, beaten, and dragged while trying to escape. Julia is violently hit in her face by an armed officer.
The final scene has our protagonist following a hooded figure into the desert, who reveals herself to be Ger. Learning that Ger survived her ordeal and made it to the protest in time to save her mother would have been nice, but it’s not what happens here. Noise is a harrowing tale and happy endings are not on the menu. Julia was hit hard in the head and was losing consciousness before the hooded woman came to lead her away from the violence. She appears to freely move among the protesters and the police without anyone noticing her. The heartbreaking final moment in this feature suggests that our protagonist lost her life that day – The only possible way for her and Ger to finally be reunited.
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