Anyone else? Yeah, I’m going to check on the power and the generator. Lee is preparing breakfast. As for the glowing. She can slide into the Perfect Life. 3) WE DO NOT KNOW THE BOUNDARY OF THE VOID OR “Dark Area” He’s regularly available for a chat conversation on his website and consults on storyboarding from time to time. They’re all projecting their “dark side” on themselves in the other houses. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. Hugh calculates the number of different combinations possible from the items in their box and it tells the audience there are at least that many millions of possible houses out there, ie Em is not going to be able to trial and error her way home. I asked her to explain and she said that maybe it’s so open-ended ( literally ) because depending on a person’s ability to justify violence ( even against the you-who-is-yet-is-not ) : their willingness to walk away from the person you truly did invest your time in ( Kevin1 ) to be with someone else ( a Kevin Em never really earned ) ; the role trust plays in relationships: the willingness we would have to take a chance etc.- we overlay our own personal moral compass or beliefs over the ending and it gives us our answer. Lee-nap can have all other realities where she took a nap outside her bedroom door until she observes one. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The group sits down and tries to make sense of the numbers. And so when she finds herself wandering in and out of the decoherence-void, what is she looking for? Your email address will not be published. We’ll see what he says. She did what? Taylor. In the process, she drops her ring. Because maybe Em crawling from the bathroom did not get hit or whatever by Em2 who got drugged by Em1…drugged Em is the one that was happy and from the reallity whose group decided not to leave house and nothing happened, so she would not have to replace Em from the bathroom…. Hugh has a band aid in some scenes and then it is gone in other scenes. Perhaps…all the negative of Em – pre-division, re -comet? No one has signal on their mobile phones and there is no internet at home. So they use dice. -I had the same exact hair. This is a different Kevin. She strikes her double with the flush lid and dumps her in the bathtub. Mike says, I see Lee in the dining room. If we go with the theory that timelines from before the night of the comet can interact, which is supported by there being a Mike that starred in Roswell and one that didn’t, and a Laurie who did Yoga and one who didn’t, then I propose that Em1 would be, at the end of the movie, looking for the Emily who did take the understudy job instead of giving it up to Katherine Marris. Kettle moves, cheese board appears, salad bowl moves. I’m stuck on that. You could say that people just change their look occasionally like they would in real life. Is napping Lee a “replacement” Lee trying to be with Sober Mike? vana salus If that makes sense. However, in the other house (that Mike, Emily Prime, Laurie and Kevin pass by), Mike sees Lee but not Beth. potestatem It’s Mike’s blackmail note. Because when Em puts another Em into the trunk, she goes back in the house and she sees another one comming from the bathroom, and she looks at her like “OMG….another one”. We don’t see this version of Hugh and Amir again in the film. Maybe? Next scene, Em is sweaterless and inside the house. Can anyone explain this? Omg i can’t wait to hear his answer about this! I am basing much of this on the fact that the event begins when the phone cracks, as other realities can no longer impact the one we see fulfilling the determinism requirement. We see that the wine glass is not broken. Click to browse all his film articles, In case you’re new to the site, here’s how it works. Check it for yourself: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=coherence. A big thank you to all my readers and well-wishers! But i just dont get some things. To visualize it differently, is it: House1=Em1, Beth1, Lee1 Tarkovsky’s Stalker, or Haneke’s The Piano Teacher), is that we shouldn’t do as the world around tells us: we shouldn’t “live our dream”, we shouldn’t try to get rid of that fantasy of perfection that haunts us by trying to bring our life as perfectly in alignment with that fantasy as we can manage. She had to park aways down the road and probably walked through the ‘vortex’ and unkowingly had already crossed to a nearer parallel universe… we meet the friends-v1 after following Em-v0 into house-v1. Movies. It triggers a whole series of events. I mean, was it the version of her who was attacked and left a warning? Who knows if the people we originally see in the movie are the original people outside of the movie’s frame. Em1 needed a chance to find Kevin1 and make amends. What happened to the dead Em (Em-Prime) in the tub. Kevin dismisses Beth’s claims. Now that the morning has come – Em1 has no idea where she stands. Fantastic walkthrough, Taylor. Meanwhile, Kevin¹ is talking to others inside the house². I read through it, and all the intricate plotting of the characters and the path forward of each permutation of each character. This is still risky, because they can’t be certain why their other selves left that particular house. Oh my god, such a good point Squirretape. Coherence is an American surreal science fiction psychological thriller film directed by James Ward Byrkit in his directorial debut. So, in the end, the next day, it has to be all back to normal, and it is. The proof is furher bolstered by his “misremembering” her as a yoga instructor (Who misremembers jobs like acting and yoga intstructing?). Don't subscribe The only thing that makes me think that I’m wrong here, and that the happy house/people remained the same, is the Em who returns is clearly tripping balls and there’s no indication that anyone else is in the final house is confused or out of place. So, why did they break the window?” (Question 3: Why?) Following the characters definitely shows how Em is the center of the story. not having that starring dance role etc). Assuming that needle was also near the Ketavan/Ketamine bottle in House-X, it’s possible that needle and Ketavan/Ketamine were used by “sweaterless intruder Emily” to take out “sweater intruder Emily” silently and quickly in a way that the House-X people out on the patio watching the disintegrating comet wouldn’t have noticed. Required fields are marked *. Their state of existence is in multiple realities, until the comet passes. Why flee? Now that I have cleared that up it leaves a lot more room for plausible conjecture as to the outcome of the events that we witnessed. IMHO, the movie is a realization/manifestation of the “uncertainty” of Em, lived and experienced, of all the characters’ “uncertainties” and “dark sides” coming to the surface (what would “I” do in the other house? Does not make a lot of sense to me! Kevin meets her, gives her the ring he says he found in the bathroom. James Byrkit’s movie Coherence is definitely one of those movies. Right? I know it doesn’t make much sens but this idea keeps popping in my head haha! So question… How did Hugh come up with the number 8,038,848 possibilities? I should ask him. This would explain why when the characters traveled together they never returned to a house that was going through entirely different things.. slightly different, but not obvious enough to be instantly noticed. Or does it mean that the incoherence is still going on. It’s the exact same note that Hugh just wrote. We can only place Em, Beth and Lee at that point. Or does he say “It’s Hugh calling”? Has the singularity closed? disappeared because two Ems could not be in the house at the same time at the moment of the comet exploding. when the group discusses the book, Mike, Lee or someone says that the house is the box, they are the cat. Em continues looking for the “Happy Em” or Em-prime. I am not even sure if the sentence “dont use this toilet, its not working” means something. She has now altered this reality but the comet is just arriving and she has a whole night/infinite nights to go through the whole ordeal again. Etc. That sentiment of the human mind resisting the perfect is straight out of the Matrix. There are so many people commenting every week on so many different posts and different movies that I can only really stay involved in the beginning of a post to get the conversation going, and then I watch the comments (for spam, hostility, and also…) for Goodness and extraordinarily interesting bits. Yes, I give you this, and even thought of it. → Em¹ attacks EmX in the bathroom, loses her ring and takes EmX’s ring instead. Not me. Also, Im not sure we are watching the same Em the whole time. What woman would say no to Paris? The comet may be shuffling them in and out of different outcomes, but these individuals cannot disentangle themselves from one another and the impacts their actions have on themselves and the group as a whole. Right? We assume she’s busted for not belonging in this reality. This is a 4th Mike who punches Mike and leaves. However, I see an explicit moment where fear strikes Mike unconsciously. I also realized that I didn’t know whether to pull the number from the beginning of the fade or the end. 9:41 – I’m an empath and this door is a vortex How did that end up? Em1 is safe. Beth is getting done with shower. Everything bad happens after the decision to use that door to come and go from the house. Did she poof out of thin air when Em1 collapsed? NOPE. The characters say and think it is the dark zone, and the only explanation for Em luring the good house outside. The question is why didn’t she tell anybody that she was attacked by another version of herself (the dark version, haha)? So if it is Em1 attempting to take over the life of EmX’s life (happy Em) then how did the final chat with KevinX break down? -I’m sure, you know, like the downward dog probably gets to your h They cannot trust their own selves in the other houses, and this is, I believe, what an important point: accepting that this had just started that night, otherwise they were who they were, the darkness was with them all along, internal to them not external. and then soothes We had (are having?) BUT IF KEVIN IN THIS REALITY NEVER GOT SWAPPED HOW DOES HE KNOW — OR DOES HE? Coherence Incorrect Ending – So what I originally thought happened was that Em1 and Kevin1 were separated… and this was bad. Really well thought out analysis all around. He was too freaked by the restart lol. We’re told earlier in the movie that when the comet effect is gone people seem different, not that there are duplicates everywhere. As we see play out, every time there is a choice to be made it creates alternate outcomes, and alternate universes. What about other physical objects introduced from one house into the next or via visitation ( is there bloody tissue in the garbage the next morning? ) Except, instead of a person killing their other self, she killed her incorrect husband. No one realizes this switch As the story unfolds, they begin to realize that the other house is actually another version of theirs. If it means anyone, including from other timelines, passed through, then the fade to blacks should happen much more often. And also if you are traveling in a group, you will be transported together. Did Laurie enter the picture through Kevin at all? But I have a little theory that could maybe explain why there is an Em calling at the end. What if we’re the dark version?”. I still think that the fades/cuts represent another house, another point of view and will try to watch it again. Maybe even her existence if PEm rounds the corner in physical form. Later they realize that there are multiple realities and that once the comet passes, each reality will be stuck permanently with whoever stays in it. Which we have proof happens at least once in the movie. Mike has a secret with Beth that he plans to use on his double in the other house. Is Beth there without Hugh? At times Em seems to grasp what is occurring but not sharing it, but at other times she’s still puzzling it out. It seems that there are constantly diverging realities happening even when the comet is not passing by, and the comet just allows them to interact. I’ll deal with your second question first. I believe he meant the electricity blackouts which are kind of unexplained. There are plenty of diagrams explaining Coherence in each section of this article. We had brought each other the same CD: Beautiful Freak by Eels. It was mentioned here a lot of times that the people in the house at the end of the movie never left the house (maybe because of the “dont leave the house” rule). Schrodinger’s cat is brought up in the notes within the book – A cat and a vile of poison are in a box. Can anyone else jump in and help me mentally grapple with this? All realities exist until observed. Or did we jump somewhere else in that shot…did somebody else mention this..if so…my bad..cuz im going crazy…hahaha. The one person which the movie constantly follows is Emily. Or maybe you could give it another go Aliz? The coin is both heads side up and tails side up and it’s only when you open the box that the coin is laying on one side or the other. I’d be more inclined she got to A house that had also been summoned by hitting the car. We don’t know how things will pan out, but she’s going to be hit with a case of assault. But when Em leaves the room Beth is shown with a new book on the back shelf. Em1 knocks her out several times and has to work exceedingly hard to dump her in the tub. We’ll get to what this is a little later. Your email address will not be published. Em1, Kevin1, Laurie1 and Mike1 meet hugh3 and amir3 – Lee2 and Beth2, In this house Lee is asleep, “Should we wake Lee? However, she looks guilty instead of confused when the call comes from EmX and she gets the second ring, so this is unlikely. Kevin stops. Kevin and Laurie meet. She brings up Laurie and the hallway. The controls were on the table . I’d think if she survived the bathtub and escaped she would’ve called the police or any number of people or gone to a door of a neighbor. The interesting aspect to me about that was that she was the “outsider”…she was connected to the group two-fold ( both men ) …and she had made the comment about “I’m living in the now” or words to that affect. Just watched the movie twice. The house is (if we don’t count electric blackouts and their meaning) an untouchable, non-changeable unit. Following the two threads the director spoke of, in the first we have Em-prime. I’m going to break this article up into two parts – a quick explanation and then a detailed one. Coherence is an unassuming movie… at first. She takes away the ring from the kicked out Em. Hugh. With regards to the ending and tacking onto Steve’s comment : and so she goes looking for KevX and finds him outside. The end means that her plan to find the “perfect” reality didn’t just fail, but put her in the worst possible outcome, and now is trapped in a reality where SHE (for the first time in the movie) is out of place, she has no friends, no life and NO KEVIN because they all belong to EmX. It’s been a little while since I have watched it – but I believe he says, “It’s you calling.” Oh wait, here, on this site, which has an unofficial script of the movie it agrees with me as well. – Joe. It would rather milk its premise for all it’s worth than stockpile secrets. They watch the comet but get back in. I’m not gonna wait for them to collapse on us.” His reptilian instincts have kicked in and he is now trying to outfox and kill his enemy to survive. Her guilty-look reaction represents the fact that she created a prison of guilt for herself, either way. What an amazingly encouraging comment. -Are you still teaching the yoga? Kevin says Mike was gone 5min. House¹ I’d love to see some sequels to this, exploring what happened after that phone call in the reality we finished on. so I have a question…you all know when kevin and hugh first showed up in the house right? I’ll call her Emily Prime. I see this as a wonderful illustration of Karma. -I act. This is the last moment we can say for sure we are still tracking Em1. He shows up at the wrong house, and the primary for that house hadn’t left and she is left with two husbands. Didn’t even meet each other? Mike confessed to having sex with Beth, potentially ending that marriage, Kevin kissed Laurie, Em didn’t say yes, etc…). Commenting because i want to add a piece which most theories have missed. . All of those quick cuts may just have been done to avoid an unnecessarily difficult single take tracking shot that followed Em-1 around the house as she cased it – but I’m not sure about that. Curiously this is when Mike ask if anyone wants wine. Because Emily was missing for a while, they ask Emily Prime where she was (they don’t know a switch has happened). This means that we are not watching the same Em all the way up to this point for the box that was first opened, with Em 1 present, contained the table tennis bat. Regardless of how many versions we have, the characters meet their destinies on the very paths they take to avoid them, not once, but several times. He says ” It’s you calling?” or something very similar , correct? Hugh disagrees. Is it the fact she wears the other Em’s ring that allows it to transcend the comet’s passing? That they were indications of some sort of massive shift in the movie. So here it goes : in this reality, Em never showed up to the diner. Don’t think it matters either way personally. Such brilliance. Wasn’t she teetering on dumping that guy in the beginning? She is the central character and is the only one we constantly follow. The reality we are shown in the end will have two Emilys and this will be the case of an identity crisis for them. hahaha.”. It doesn’t make sense at all because the guy didn’t pick up his phone to listen to a voicemail, he was getting a call and answered it. Emily Prime and Kevin talk. *** Public Service Translation Bot 2.8 ***. now through the game Why is that? House2=Em1, Beth1, Lee1 Sorry if what i wrote here makes not much sense, English isnt my native language. What is the phone call in your interpretation? I have to admit it bugs me to not know as the rest of the movie seems so perfectly done that the ending is weirdly inexplicable. She asks everyone for their earlier number behind their photos and they give it to her. Frankly I would be willing to buy them outright for my collection. Could be because she decided to try to improve her life by seeing alternative versions of herself to pick from. :o, I didn’t make my own charts like most of you…I just wanted to say that I don’t think that Em from the trunk is the same Em crawling out from the bathroom.. ( P.S.S Did anyone ever see the movie where a bunch of people go slowly mad over a film they’ve seen and they have to gently and kindly kidnap the writer of said movie and require him to sit with them at a viewing and explain it frame by frame? Like most of you, my greatest struggle is understanding where the ‘bathtub Em’ went. It is there twice. I have spent the last hour after watching this movie on the rabbithole of these comments and I’m not disappointed! What if the dark matter, the “roulette center” is moving too, so the electricity blackouts is the dark matter passing through/over one house? It’s been over two years since you wrote this article and yet you still think it was a voicemail at the end?! So we have two Emily’s attempting to switch the state before it is observed! And I believe that some of them fought with each other. Coherence Movie Ending that everyone got wrong (Spoilers) Spoilers. Hugh and Amir want to get out. I think that Em1 HAD to pass out in order for the universe to attempt to correct the paradox. Is is Saturday ? The man even makes a step by step graphic explanation showing all the houses shown in the movie and character movements to different houses. Amir and Hugh decide to go to the other house to try and make contact with Hugh’s brother. Amir notes that his pic is from tonight. Also, Emily doesn’t go to sleep until the end of the film! had red glowsticks.” Amir⁴ says: “Look: the red box is unopened” → Em¹ writes the number of each person in a note with a blue marker to mark house² and puts their pictures and a coaster into the box³. They could be wrong, but it is the only explanation for the audience as well. Also I believe that at the very beginning, Em1 actually doesn’t arrive at house1! If you have not watched the movie already, please read my review of the movie – watch it – and then come back. I thought it was set up really well, and when I was watching the movie I was on the edge of my seat whenever a character was standing near the door to nowhere. Hugh and Amir have a private moment and pull out red glow sticks. This movie has me in The World’s Biggest Rabbit Hole lol. It’s pretty obvious that this is intentional to keep track of the different houses. If the Emily who assaulted the other Emily in the bathroom had been wearing the sweater taken from Em-X at the car, I wouldn’t be thinking along these lines . If the collapsing states removed all traces of other universe crossovers as the comet breaks up then there would never be 2 alive Ems nor 2 rings left either. The Coherence Ending shows us that the Prime reality will have an Emily (Prime) who has gone missing and she will never be found because the Comet has passed. Emily (from this reality) has crawled back into the house, somehow, from the trunk. Cleverly, he could not have been written as one of the dinner guests because he would have told everyone to not leave the house until the comet passes to avoid combining parallel universes, which would have made for a really boring movie. Granted they didn’t go through the vortex but conditions in the house had changed when they left. All other objects would depart right? But what i am more interested in is what does those fade and blackouts actually meant ?! Nope. Friends dating exes. Going to watch it to death like every other mind boggling movie I have ever seen. If they didn’t have cell service till the comet passed she still could’ve gone to another home. In this reality, they have never had any of the powercuts. State collapse doesn’t work the way many commenters guess at. With a smattering of shorts, video game writing, and storyboard artistry as his only experience, it’s understandable why he might choose what would seem the easy route for a first film — hand-held cameras and mostly improvised dialogue — but why he went with an incredibly convoluted, confusing, … You can also subscribe without commenting. Kudos to you Ryissa. 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