Leave the World Behind, an apocalyptic drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, and Kevin Bacon, has climbed to the number one spot on Netflix’s film rankings. Produced by Higher Ground Productions, founded by former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, the film is adapted from Rumaan Alam’s 2020 novel. It depicts a society unraveling as technological infrastructure, including phones and TVs, begins to collapse.
If you don’t know Spanish, you probably would want to know what the lady says to Ethan Hawke when he pulls over his car. We know that at that time, he was out to find a shop where he could buy a newspaper or find some information from any of the shops about what was wrong in the city. He drives for miles but doesn’t end up spotting anyone. He is going back to the rented place where his family is and right then he sees a lady who is seeking help. Ethan is unsure about stopping the car but he gives in, pulls over, and rolls down his window. The lady is in panic and it seems like she is desperately seeking help but Ethan is unsure about what she is saying as she is speaking in Spanish.
Every scene in Leave The World Behind is crucial, including the deer analogy, so it’s important to tell non-Spanish speakers about what the lady was saying. Here it is-
“Thank god I found some!
I am trying to get back to my home. I am lost i have been walking for a while!
I need to use your mobile phone. You are the first person I have seen all day.
We have to get out of here!
I just saw a plane that was spraying red gas in the vicinity.
I saw some deer, more than 50. They were coming out of the woods. Please!
I need to go home, sir. A military plane appeared and fled. There’s no one around.
Is this a chemical attack?”
Despite its success on Netflix, surpassing films like “Family Switch” and “The Grinch,” “Leave the World Behind” has received mixed reviews. But it sure has generated many conversations about the easter eggs, unanswered questions, and theories.
Some have hypothesized that the film offers a critique of modern society, suggesting that Rose’s fixation on “Friends” to the extent of, metaphorically speaking, leaving the world behind, symbolizes our inclination towards escapism via platforms like TikTok or television in the face of relentless global catastrophes.
Director Sam Esmail discussed the ending in an interview with Vulture and said, “It is meant to provoke conversation; it is not meant to tie everything up. I don’t think the film does that. But I wanted to give a little more because I do think in the cinematic medium, you can go too far with abstraction.”