Look Both Ways Ending, Explained: Which Timeline is Real?

Netflix’s ‘Look Both Ways’ follows the story of NatalieThis begins the night she takes a pregnancy check. TheThe timeline splits to the one where the test is isNegative and positive results in the same area of the test is positive. AsAs one might expect, becoming a mom changes her life in a profound way, but it is interesting that some important things remain the exact same. OneOne of the most important things the film shows through Natalie’s story isNo matter how much you plan, life will take its own course. EverythingIt happens at its own time, regardless of the path you take. ItIt becomes obvious when, at the end of her journey we see both of them. Natalie’s lives converge to the same point. TheThe last scene adds an additional layer to the story. IfYou might be wondering what it means. Natalie, here’s what you should know. SPOILERS Ahead

Look Both Ways Plot Synopsis

NatalieWants to go to LA after graduation. SheShe has a five-year plan, which includes moving to LA to become an animator and then making movies. ConsideringThis isTheir last night at college, she and GabeInvolve yourself in spontaneity that leads NatalieTo have a pregnancy test. She isThe outcome of the situation is extremely important as all her plans are dependent on it. Ifshe isIf she becomes pregnant and has the baby, she can stop being a director for five years. ToHer relief is complete when the test comes back negative, at most in one timeline.

InThe other timeline is positive. After a brief discussion with, Gabe, NatalieDecides to have the baby. SheShe returns home to her parents, who are shocked by the change in their plans. EventuallyThey cool down, however, and let NatalieTo help her with the baby, stay with them. GabeHe too remains in the picture and takes on his fair share of responsibilities. MeanwhileIn the parallel world NatalieShe travels to LA with her best friend. Cara. AfterA meet-cute was held with a young producer named JakeShe is offered a job by her idol Lucy. SheFeels like she isShe’s on the right track, but she has no idea that things can go wrong.

Look Both Ways Ending: Which Timeline is Real?

Look Both Ways Ending, Explained: Which Timeline is Real?
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While there are a thousand possibilities to how one’s life can turn out, the fact remains that all of us get to live just one version of it. TheSame applies to Natalie. InBased on a life-altering experience, we see her living two completely different lives. InHowever, the end can only be one. AsBoth versions Natalie tell her that it’s going to be okay, we can’t help but wonder which of those routes her life takes, after all.

TheThe film’s events take place in both timelines over five years. Curiously, this coincides with the timeline. NatalieShe had imagined what she would do with her five-year plan. InBoth timelines are the same, and she ends up at the same place at different times, with very different experiences. NatalieShe was anxious about the pregnancy test results because she feared it would ruin her plans. However, in the timeline where she’s not pregnant, we see that her plans still don’t follow through.

WhileShe gets a job. LucyShe isShe was unable to show her portfolio for a long time to her boss. This was when she’d already expected to be an established animator by now. FallingIn love was also part of the plan. isWhat happens to her with Jake. However, she didn’t factor in the possibility that they might break up, which isWhat happens when JakeHe gets the money for his movie and must move to Nova ScotiaFor six months or more

Look Both Ways Ending, Explained: Which Timeline is Real?
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The same thing happens to the pregnant NatalieWho decides to keep the baby. WhileShe feels like this is the right thing to do at the moment, she can’t help but feel sorry for herself for not being able to go to LA and live the life she wanted. SheShe was supposed move forward in her adult life. But now, she isback home with a child to care for. Soon enough, motherhood starts to take a toll on her and she worries that she doesn’t have a life anymore. AllHer life revolves around her daughter. Rosie.

HerLove life isAlso in chaos. She’s clearly in love with Gabe, but she doesn’t want to risk the balanced friendship that they have right now, for the sake of Rosie. BecauseWhat if they get together but then split up? HowWhat will this do to their daughter’s self-esteem? She isAlso, they are unable to entrust Rosie to someone else’s care, which is why she can’t be with her friends. ButAfter all the delays, hindrances, and excuses, things start to turn around. NatalieFinally, she returns to drawing and uses the experience of being mother to her art. SheHer next project surrounds RosieSubmits it to SXSW

ParallelThe other is a close second. NatalieAfter being told by, he said: LucyHer work is admired. isUnoriginal, returns home and searches for her voice. AfterAfter a lot of hard work, she comes up a solution that she submits for SXSW. InBoth timelines Natalie’s different projects turn out to be a success for her. So, even after she didn’t follow the five-year plan in both cases, she still manages to make a movie and send it out into the world. OnShe finds love in both cases, on top of all that. JakeShe returns to see her work at Festival, where they both renew their relationship. InThe other timeline NatalieIt is decided to give it another go GabeFinally, she confessed her feelings for him.

Look Both Ways Ending, Explained: Which Timeline is Real?
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AfterAll of this, she returns to the place that it all began for her. Looking at herself now, she tells her past self that it’s going to be okay. That no matter what happens now, whether or not she gets pregnant, her life will turn out exactly how it’s supposed to be. And even if it takes another path, she will always end up where she’s supposed to be. So, no matter how many plans she makes, there’s no guarantee that life will follow suit. It will take its own course, and while it might scare her, doing something that she hadn’t expected, taking a path that she knows nothing about, she’ll be able to figure it out.

InThe end is the original NatalieShe still holds the pregnancy test in her hands. We don’t get to see the results, which means that things could go either way. SheCould be pregnant, and she could choose the baby. AndDespite her fears of losing all her dreams, she may still achieve them. OrShe could choose to not have the baby, or she could go to LA. Her life could change. OrIf the test comes back negative, it could free her from the responsibility to make tough choices and move in a different direction. This would allow her to have a different career and life. NoNo matter what happens, the only thing that matters is here isShe just needs to persevere through the tough parts and be dedicated to her dreams, regardless of what happens. EverythingEverything will be for the best in the end.

ByThe film does not give us a concrete answer and leaves the decision about Natalie’s fate to the audience. SheYou have the option to live two lives. WhichOne do you want for her? MoreWhich one would you choose for yourself if she was yours?

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