The family needed a therapist, and she should have been the central character in the story. We said what we said. “The Lost Girls” was a weird watch for us. To be honest, it was quite engaging and the ending had us grinning from ear to ear. But the interplay between real fantasy and generational mental illness was extremely muddled. And there were certain loopholes, certain unanswered questions, which despite our best efforts, we cannot conclusively explain. And that drives us crazy. There’s a line in the film: “Pretending is your birthright. It’s a line that would resonate with every artist, including those who create and those who consume. And it was trying to make sense of that illusion that allowed us to watch the two-hour film riddled with plot holes. Let’s see what the movie is about.
Who is Peter? What is her role in Wendy’s life?
“The Lost Girls” is an expansion of the Peter Pan story ending, of his promise to visit the Darlings every few years. It starts with Wendy talking to her grandmother, who was the first Wendy. Her grandmother tells her that she will soon meet a boy called Peter and fall in love with him. But she also tells him not to let his emotions run through his heart. The next scene shows Wendy being homeschooled by her father. We do not really understand the reason for his decision here. Wendy’s mother, Jane, left them, could it be for fear of losing her daughter? Or is he somehow aware of the Peter Pan effect on the women of the Darling family and it’s his way of protecting his daughter? The reason for his decision is not specified. We also don’t get it when, at her wedding, he tells her he wishes she’d seen more people when he literally wouldn’t let her.
After a while, Wendy starts going to normal school. It was then that she met Peter Pan. She finds him crying, and true to the story, he asks her to fly away with him. But Wendy is aware that this is a possible problem with the women in her family. Nevertheless, she is tempted. She tells him she can’t cook or be anyone’s mother, but she wants an adventure. And Peter gives her one while flying with her in the sky. He makes her promise never to grow up. Wendy also ends up meeting Captain Hook, who tries to forcefully kiss her. But Wendy escapes him.
The next day, she is confused if it was real or just a dream. And this confusion follows her throughout her life. After her marriage, she often thinks of Peter. In fact, during her wedding, she constantly thinks about her promise as she says her vows to her husband. Once Wendy’s daughter grows into a toddler, her father notices that she looks a lot like Jane. And over the years, we see that his family has come to resent him, to some degree, for his inability to get over his childhood memory of Peter. Why don’t you find your mother a therapist instead of using her mental illness to call her a bad mother? While on a mother-daughter trip to meet Wendy’s grandmother, his Nana notices that Peter would come to meet Berry soon enough. It’s one thing for the women in the family to fall in love with Peter, but they don’t have to carry him as a burden all their lives.
As Nana predicts, Peter comes to meet Berry. And she’s more than ready to fly away with him. But unlike her predecessors, instead of being a beautiful dream, it turns into a nightmare when she falls out of the window. Thai serves as Wendy’s wake-up call. She is forced to confront her own history with Peter. She ends up meeting Captain Hook again, and he tells her that he and Peter are part of each other. And all the women in the Darling family will continue to be victims of their history. Once Wendy hears this, she chooses to walk away, meaning she leaves her childhood story behind. She also tells Peter that she has grown up and can no longer meet him.
‘The Lost Girls’ Ending Explained – Does Wendy Meet Her Mom? Do they overcome Peter Pan?
Once Berry wakes up in the hospital, she cries and tells Wendy that, in spite of herself, she had believed in Wendy’s dream and when it started happening to her, she was ready to go. But she doesn’t want to do that anymore and wants to live in reality. The next scene is Nana’s funeral, where Wendy is giving the eulogy. She says her Nana lived in two worlds and that was the magic of her life. It’s a lesson to be able to overcome the pain and find happiness, which she had perhaps not been able to do. But that hasn’t stopped her from encouraging future generations to learn from her mistakes.
At the funeral, Wendy meets a woman, whom he recognizes as his mother. For the first time in many years, they talk to each other. Jane tells him that she herself doesn’t know who or what Peter Pan was. But she had loved it when she had made it, as had her mother and daughter. And he loved them all like they were just one girl. But it was time to leave all that behind. It’s time to go home. This scene signifies that they are choosing to break the family curse, or rather the family promise that Peter Pan made to them.
Final Thoughts: Does the Movie Work or Not?
“The Lost Girls” was a weird movie. The strangest thing is that none of them have been treated by a therapist. We still don’t understand Captain Hook’s role in this story other than his connection to the original Peter Pan tale. And as for Peter himself, what was he doing? We get that love can happen when you’re a teenager, but what kind of magic was that that lasted their whole life? That’s why it feels less like a reality and more like an ignored mental illness.
This is an interesting premise for working on the sequels of a fairy tale adventure. But the film needed a lot more finishing. Maybe if it had been done in series, they could have added the details that were so obviously missing from it? We wouldn’t want to let that plot go just yet. We’ll be crossing our fingers, hoping someone with better writing and directing skills will find it and save it.
“The Lost Girls” is a 2022 fantasy drama film directed by Livia De Paolis.