Nowhere 2023 Ending Explained
Together with director Albert Pinto, Netflix presents a charming dystopian thriller about a pregnant woman who defies all odds to survive in a shipping container floating in the middle of the ocean. Despite facing the impossible, she is not wholly by herself. Mother Nature helps her float to a soothing finish as she battles with her needs as a pregnant lady alone at sea. Anyone who doubts or wonders if their life is even remotely as difficult as what she had to endure in her lifetime will find encouragement in this compelling account.
A mother’s instincts are always the strongest. But how does one try and find the willpower to survive an impossible ordeal of being lost at sea? What do you do to make sure you remain alive despite the odds and the massive waves that clash at your ship or whatever you are clinging to life for? Mia, a pregnant mother, must conquer all the odds to bring herself to shore alive with her baby despite being separated from her husband due to unforeseen circumstances. We can only watch with complete horror about a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of what it takes to conquer the sea. I must warn you, if you have not seen the film yet, don’t read further because we will be discussing spoilers in detail. But if you still wish to try and understand how she does so, by all means, go ahead and have a wonderful read.
Plot Summary Part 1
How Does Pregnant Mia Land Up in the Middle of the Ocean?
In this dystopian thriller, the Spanish Government has activated its military forces under the Not Enough For All Scheme, which stands to eradicate any civilians who rely on the government to survive for their bread and butter or any other supplies. The radio announces that the scheme is underway. We see some mercenaries guide Nico and his pregnant wife, Mia, through a dockyard of containers to their assigned container that might guarantee their safety. Nico goes to the guard at the entry and pays him in cash. The Mercenary says the risk to do this has gone up and he must pay more. Nico pleads with him that they have nothing more to offer. The mercenary does not budge. Nico runs back to his wife and asks her to hand over the wedding ring. Heartbroken, she does. They get in and their journey begins.
As they pass the streets where people are being killed rampantly, Mia speaks with Nico, who shows her a Snickers bar of chocolate. With elation, she asks him how he managed to get it. He says it is their little secret and they would only have it when they get to safety marking a celebratory moment. There are many others in the container with them. Men, women and children. Some children seem lost and Mia remains concerned. However, Nico assures her they are not at all alone. They both discuss things like their first child who is now not with them. They both want to believe two different versions of how they lost their first child, Uma. They tear up and share a moment of disgrace. All they have now is each other and moments with each other. What happens when that becomes limited?
They hear a disagreement outside the container. Some thudding. Nico goes close to the door to understand what is happening outside the container. At the same time, the doors open and a bunch of people rush in, separating Nico and Mia. Nico looks back realizing he is at a distance from his wife. The Mercenaries say there are too many people and pull him out along with a few others shoving them into another container. A frantic Mia tries to call out to Nico but she knows she can’t scream. She pulls out her phone and calls him. He assures her that they will meet one day and be together. Tearfully, she looks up at the others after disconnecting. She only has them now. And they have her.
During the time the truck reaches the dockyard, Mia looks through a bullet hole in the container. Many are struggling to run away from the Military forces that are shooting them dead before separating their children from them. Mia sits with herself to acknowledge that maybe she is in a better place and must remain in the present. However, circumstances will now change. The truck has to make a stop at the toll gate. The Main guard stops the truck and instructs the driver to open the truck. Worried, the driver does so to show that the container is empty. However, the main guard goes to the back of the truck and asks his man to get into the truck and stand where he is standing. After that, he gets out of the truck and walks out to signal to his soldier inside. The soldier shoots at the container from the inside showing the Main guard the gap towards the end of the container. The main guard understands people are being trafficked. He gets back onto the truck and whispers comforting things. He slowly asks them to open the false wall. As he is about to walk away to order his soldiers to shoot at the façade, one girl opens the false door while Mia quietly climbs on top of a box and lends a hand to the lady staring at her to make a quiet get-away.
The main guard shoots the girl and a massacre ensues. Bullets flying, Mia holds her mouth shut tight, physically restraining herself from screaming in pure terror. As blood spatters everywhere, the bodies flop dead over each other and Mia cannot give her location away. She stays on top of the box while the guards clear the goods container. She is left alone and finally cries her heart out. She pulls out her phone and calls Nico to tell him they are coming for him and he must hide. The container is then loaded onto a ship that sets off to sail.
Suddenly, she can feel the container being lifted and put onto a ship. After checking another woman’s bag, she discovers a drill, a glow tube, a bottle of water and a flip phone. That night, the ship travels through very harsh waters. The ship finally capsizes for her container to send her rumbling and tumbling around in the container. One final sway into the side of the container knocks her out cold. She wakes up to feel the water in her face. She wakes up to peek outside through the holes to discover her container is floating on the water surrounding her from all sides. She is on her own in the middle of the sea. She feels a rush of mixed emotions – pure frantic panic and being stranded at sea. Mia is still pregnant and with a baby who has not kicked in two days. A worrisome sign and somehow, it isn’t over for Mia.
Plot Summary Part 2
How does Pregnant Mia secure the Container?
With her phone screen smashed, the next day has her frantically wondering what to do to survive. She checks everything she has around her. She sees boxes and the water is filling up to her waist. She opens a bag of a military woman. The woman’s bag had a drill, a bottle of water, a flip phone and a glow tube. After checking the container, she finds a Swiss knife in the water and this helps her open the goods boxes. One is full of Tupperware boxes, the other is full of sealed earphone sets and the other is full of cardigans. One carton contains vodka bottles. She has some yellow tape at her disposal. She starts to tape the sides of the container marking levels such as Day 1 and Day 2. She uses the tape to seal the holes in the side of the container.
Suddenly she hears screams. She looks out the hole to find Nico’s container floating beside her container and drowning. She screams for him but the screaming continues as that container slowly sinks to the bottom of the sea. All hope seems lost and all she can hear of him is a pre-recorded voice message greeting her every time she calls his unavailable phone. She plays that on repeat, unable to release the pain, while sinking into slow oblivion. She tries to kill herself shortly after by taking the blade and putting it near her wrist. The baby suddenly shows its head and pushes hard, reminding her that life is still precious. All hope is not lost.
The Blue Whale’s calls in the night surround her container. Another way of Mother Nature reaching out to her even though the sounds of the ocean are rather intimidating. As time passes she explores the other bags and boxes, she finds a pipe from which she finds a way to drain the container by pouring water outside it. She uses the lining inside the Tupperware boxes to plug the holes in the container after the tape could not hold. Additionally, she finds some more things like a flask, a half-eaten sandwich, and some canned food with a lighter, and a torch.
Suddenly, the flip phone rings and it’s Nico. She is elated and almost jumps around the container. He could not reach her because his battery drained out but he is still on land because the driver dropped them within city limits. She finally tells him in panic that she is in the middle of the ocean. He tries to console her, that he will come to rescue her soon. She tells him she loves him more than yesterday, something he uttered when he saw her last. Hope fills her. She has a reason to keep fighting and so she does. For her baby and Nico. She eats and drinks water to keep herself hydrated. After having organized the container with boxes and cartons in a space that could provide some safety from the water, she experiences temporary relief.
Nowhere 2023 Ending, Explained
A Baby is Born with Mother Mia’s Life Hanging by a Thread.
As time passes and her physical strength reduces, she struggles with herself. Illusions keep her going but she can barely stand sometimes. She just sits in the water and stays lost in oblivion. When the baby is fed, she runs out of food. She decides to open the box where she stored the baby’s umbilical cord and eats it slowly. This lends her strength to move forward but she is still dehydrated.
The drill stops working and in frustration, she throws the boxes around to finally set her sights on the Swiss knife. She cuts through the drilled holes at the top of the container to be able to climb out at some point. The blade eventually breaks. She looks around to see a belt of a box carton which she cuts and uses to slide on either side of the cut-outs of the drilled holes. She uses her physical body and pulls on the belt to bend the metal creating an opening in the top of the container. She can now see the sun. A big win after being lost at sea.
After getting out and experiencing the sun, she gets out and finishes absorbing the sun, she learns that she can catch fish that are attracted to the baby’s cardigan nappies. She makes a spear to pierce the waters and catch fish. She sees a plane flying overhead and she tries to grab its attention with a shard of a mirror from the TV screens packed in the boxes. On the way to get out of the container, the metal at the edge of the opening creates a deep gash in her upper left thigh. She is bleeding profusely.
Now, she has a deep wound to stitch up. She manages to create a needle out of a TV part. Slowly, she stitches herself up and wraps the wound with cardigan material. As more hours and days pass, she makes a net with the earphone wires and starts to catch fish. She begins packing fish into boxes. With time, she fills up the boxes with fish. After a couple of days, she gets a call from Nico. She answers frantically and he says to her that he may not be able to get to her. He made the stupid decision of running away and the guard shot at him. He is in hiding and he is bleeding. This last call would be his goodbye. She tells him their baby has been born, alive and thriving. He says his last words to his baby and the line disconnects. She has finally lost him.
Hours, days and weeks pass. Day 26. The water has crossed the limit. She sits outside on top of the container. It is slowly sinking and she cannot keep draining out the water. She is preparing herself and the baby to float out at sea. She creates a raft with the boxes and the cover of one of the goods boxes. The earphone wires are intertwined together to form a kind of rope. The container is about to sink and she needs to start floating. There is still one picture she wants to keep for herself. She tries to grab it while it is still floating and gets stuck and almost drowns when some belt catches her foot. She manages to cut herself free while the baby has floated off the container and has sailed off. As she cuts herself loose, she gets to the surface to find that the baby has floated off.
In complete panic, she calls for Baby Noa. Baby Noa is quiet and enjoying the rocking motion of the raft. However, Mia’s frantic screams alert the female Blue Whale underneath her feet. She knows where the baby is floating and goes close to the baby’s raft and sprays some water on the baby, making the baby cry out loud. Mia hears this and swims towards the baby. She ties herself to the raft and holds on for as long as she can. The following morning, a boat is passing with some Irish fisher folk. The lady spots the egrets around the raft. She calls her Grandpa to call for the lifeguard when they discover the baby. The lady realizes that there is a rope attached to the raft and she pulls on it. They find Mia and try to revive her. Finally, Mia wakes up and discovers they both are alive. She breathes a sigh of relief. She endured something no one should have to. But now, she begins a new life with Baby Noa. As she always wanted to.